The Australian has been rewarded for his performance on the ‘Day of Reckoning’ card after he knocked out Ellis Zorro in the first round. Opetaia took a huge risk, as taking the fight meant he was stripped of his IBF belt for failing to defend against his mandatory Mairis Briedis. The win won him much acclaim, with links to Dmitry Bivol provided the WBA light heavyweight champ becomes undisputed.
“[I want Bivol]. I got a lot of respect for Bivol. He’s probably one of my favorite fighters at the moment. We actually went out to dinner the other night and he said he wanted to see that fight with me and him further down the track. That’s a fight I would love to have. The best of the cruiserweights vs. the best of the light heavies,” Opetaia stated
Opetaia has also been involved in the build-up for the Fury-Usyk fight. Reports indicate that ‘Team Fury’ has enlisted his services for sparring. Opetaia is a southpaw, like Usyk, making him the ideal fighter to prepare for the tricky Ukrainian. Opetaia also aspires to become undisputed like Usyk, who won all the battles at cruiserweight. Opetaia is intent on leaving an impression with ‘Team Fury.’
“I do [rate Fury]. I feel like he uses his strengths very well and that’s why he’s heavyweight champion of the world. They’ve reached out [for sparring]. They want me in there for sparring with them for Usyk, which I’m excited to be a part of. I’m excited to mix it up with the big boys and I’m also excited to show them who I am. That’s what I do. I go and I earn respect. And I’m excited for them to leave that camp and be like, ‘F**k he is good,” Opetaia said
Quality sparring for fury
— Shaun (@ShaunLFC9) January 12, 2024
Good call on both ends. Opetaia getting more spotlight & Fury picking the right partners for the job.
— Honour Bought a Pear (@HonourBuysPear) January 12, 2024
Jai is a beast
— Boxing Bully (@BoxingBullyNews) January 12, 2024