Rising Boxing Star Jai Opetaia Rewarded With World Title Bout
World Title Bout Returns To Australia
Australian boxing star Jai Opetaia is ready for his biggest fight yet, locking in an IBF title bout against cruiserweight champion Mairis Briefis.
The bout is expected to be locked in for April, 2022 - marking Australia's first major world title fight since Jeff Horn defeated Manny Pacquiao.
The Central Coast local, Opetaia dons a undefeated record (20-0, 16KO) in his career to date.
“This is what I’ve been working towards for my whole life, I’m finally going to tick the box,” Opetaia said.
“I’ll beat Briedis for the IBF belt then I’ll fight the Englishman (Lawrence Okolie) and take his WBO belt as well. I’m pumped,” he told FoxSports.
“Briedis is good, and he’s experienced, so he’s really comfortable in the ring but I think he’s perfect for me. He’s pretty straightforward – up and down – and I think he struggles with southpaws who use movement and angles.”
Opetaia’s promoter Dean Lonergan is confident the stage will be set for Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, just as it was for Horn-Pacquiao.
The 26-year-old said he will prepare for a pre-title fight in December, as he sets up camp in Gold Coast for the summer.
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