Jai Opetaia Lifts IBF Cruiserweight Title From Mairis Briedis

Posted on 07/02/2022

By: Sean Crose

He had solely beforehand misplaced on a single event – and that was to none apart from present heavyweight world titlist Oleksandr Usyk. There was little doubt, then, that Mairis Briedis ought to win his IBF cruiserweight throwdown on Saturday towards Jai Opetaia. Australia’s Opetaia might have been combating for the title in his dwelling nation, however most felt the 21-0 contender wouldn’t get previous the 28-1 Breidis.

The primary spherical noticed Opetaia boxing nicely whereas Breidis appeared a bit sloppy. Maybe surprisingly, the southpaw Opetaia appeared even higher within the second as he fired and landed successfully. By the third, Breidis began trying just like the stronger of the 2 fighters. The referee had no downside with the combatants participating on the within, a call which can have benefitted Breidis. The fourth, nonetheless, proved to be a formidable one for Opetaia, who outlanded and outslicked his man, showing to frustrate the Latvian titlist.

Photograph: Peter Wallis, Getty Photographs

The fifth was all Opetaia, who confirmed blistering velocity and who put his punches collectively properly as Breidis’ face started to actually bloody. Solely within the closing second or two was the defending champion in a position to land laborious and successfully on his opponent. The sixth was all about Opetaia’s southpaw jab and his footwork. True, Breidis may land occasionally, however the spherical belonged to the slick Aussie. Breidis, nonetheless, had a greater seventh. He might not have performed sufficient to win the chapter, however he was actually within the combat.

Issues might have been really turning round within the eighth, because the stronger Breidis asserted himself, hanging his man and conserving Opetaia from outslicking him. Opetaia reasserted himself within the ninth, just by being faster on the draw. The tenth was shut, with Breidis having the extra present moments as a result of energy of his punches. The tempo was slower within the eleventh, as each males clearly needed to be exhausted. Opetaia went down (and subsequently received up) from a push within the twelfth and closing spherical, as Breidis spent the chapter attempting to land clear.

Opetaia earned a unanimous resolution win, in addition to the IBF cruiserweight title.

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