Wembley Enviornment, Wembley – In a battle for the IBF cruiserweight title, Jai Opetaia (23-0, 18 KOs) battered and stopped unbeaten Jordan Thompson (15-1, 12 KOs) in 4 rounds. (photographs by Mark Robinson)
The bout was the primary protection for Opetaia, who captured the belt in July 2022 with a twelve spherical determination over Mairis Briedis. Opetaia sustained a fractured jaw within the bout and the damage took months of restoration.
Opetaia discovered his vary within the first spherical and badly damage Thompson within the closing moments. He appeared to have Thompson able to go because the bell rang to finish the spherical.
Within the second, Opetaia continued to unload with correct, laborious punches that buzzed Thompson and bloodied his nostril. Throughout the third, Thompson stood toe to toe and was buying and selling with Opetaia, who rallied with heavy photographs to attain a knockdown. Thompson acquired up on unsteady legs and was getting tagged typically with heavy photographs to the top and physique. On the finish of the third, Thompson was practically stopped as he acquired cracked by a shot that took away his legs. As soon as once more, he was saved by the bell.
The fourth noticed Opetaia come out prepared to shut the present, as he blasted Thompson down with heavy blows and the combat was waved off.