By Vince D’Author: On Saturday evening at Wembley’s OVO Enviornment in London, the IBF cruiserweight world champion Jai Opetaia returned to the ring and made his first title protection as he stopped the challenger Jordan Thompson (15-1, 12 KOs) within the fourth spherical.
Previous to the bout, the UK boxing pundits feared that the British cruiserweight was leaping up too many ranges to face the IBF cruiserweight champion.
When the bell rung to begin the battle on Saturday evening, the UK boxing pundits concern grew to become a actuality.
Again in 2012, Jai Opetaia, on the age of 16, grew to become the youngest Australian boxer to qualify for the Olympics. Three years later, he made his professional debut by posting a unanimous determination victory over Isileli Fa.
After accumulating 21 profession victories, Opetaia acquired his shot at a world title when he confronted Mairis Briedis on July 2, 2022. Opetaia defeated Briedis by the use of unanimous determination and have become the brand new IBF cruiserweight champion, however sadly, he suffered a damaged jaw within the course of.
After spending nearly fifteen months out of the ring, Opetaia made his return on Saturday evening. Within the opening spherical of the bout, Opetaia was testing his opponent’s jaw as he persistently landed the left hand.
Opetaia was forcing the tempo by leaping out and in of vary, touchdown the left to the physique and up high. Within the closing seconds of spherical one, Opetaia related with a giant left and adopted it up by touchdown a vicious flurry of pictures, however happily for the harm challenger, he was saved by the bell.
The defending champion began the second spherical by touchdown a stable left hand shot. Opetaia was in full management of spherical 2, however because the spherical was coming to an finish, Thompson landed a giant proper hand.
Thompson landed one other stable proper hand within the opening minute of the third spherical, and Opetaia responded by firing a flurry of pictures that despatched Thompson all the way down to the canvas. Thompson was capable of rise up, however within the closing seconds of the third spherical, he needed to survive one other flurry of heavy pictures.
Within the fourth spherical, as the 2 boxers stood within the middle of the ring, Jai Opetaia landed a straight left that staggered Jordan Thompson. Opetaia proceeded to finish the battle when he landed a left, adopted by the best.
Jai Opetaia (23-0, 18 KOs) went right into a hostile setting and confirmed why he’s thought of to be the primary cruiserweight on the planet. The IBF champion has unification on his thoughts as he desires his subsequent bout to be towards WBO cruiserweight champion Chris Billiam-Smith.