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Australian Jai Opetaia To Defend IBF Cruiserweight Title Against Undefeated Challenger Jordan Thompson

Opetaia aims to collect all Cruiserweight titles while Thompson seeks to secure a lucrative future in boxing

Australian Jai Opetaia defeated his opponent Mairis Briedis in July last year, in his last match to claim the IBF title. He now challenges Jordan Thompson , who last competed in an April  TKO victory over Luke Watkins, for the title. This will be Thompson’s first time fighting for a world title.

“I want to collect all the Cruiserweight titles. I’m winning this fight, however it happens, it happens,” said Jai Opetaia (22-0) in media reports.

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Jai Opetaia during a training session in Australia. He says that he is going to collect all the Cruiserweight titles and earn respect for both his team and country in the next IBF and Cruiserweight Belts. CHRIS HYDE/GETTY IMAGES.

“We’re ready, we deserve to be here, I have earned this spot and I am excited. I want to earn respect for my team and my country, I’m ready,” said Jai Opetaia in media reports.

“It was a long recovery and few things didn’t go to plan getting back in the ring, but we’re here now. We’ve grown outside the ring and inside the ring, I am just ready to show it on Saturday night,” said Jai Opetaia in media reports.

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Jai Opetaia during a training session in Australia. He says that he is going to collect all the Cruiserweight titles and earn respect for both his team and country in the next IBF and Cruiserweight Belts. CHRIS HYDE/GETTY IMAGES.

“There was not really any time to plan for this, we’ve had to improvise, but I am some that firmly believes in myself and my potential, I know where it comes from and I am excited to go out there and prove to the world and to myself that I’ve got what it takes to become a World Champion. This is just another chapter to the story, another stepping stone, and we’re going to show everyone,” said Jordan Thompson (15-0) in media statements.

Thompson, the 30-year-old Briton who is undefeated in 15 pro bouts is challenging  Australia’s IBF world champion Jai Opetaia at Wembley’s OVO Arena on Saturday.

A win over Opetaia may lead to more lucrative future contests  for Thompson.

Edited by Judy J. Rotich and Newsdesk Manager

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