Opetaia Vs Briedis Rematch Announced On Fury-Usyk Undercard

Jai Opetaia vs Mairis Briedis will take place on the Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk card in the co-main event on February 17, 2024.  

Opetaia is the former IBF Cruiserweight Champion, a belt he acquired after beating Briedis in their first fight via a unanimous decision. Opetaia had one successful defense after beating Jordan Thompson. Under the IBF rules, the Australian was required to defend against his mandatory, Briedis.

Opetaia chose to take a lucrative fight on the ‘Day of Reckoning’ card in Saudi Arabia against Ellis Zorro instead. It was a chance to showcase his skills to a much bigger audience. Briedis agreed to let Opetaia proceed as he was recovering from an injury, but the IBF still stripped the Australian, much to his dismay.

“They’ve [IBF] really left me with no choice. This is a massive card that I can’t say no to, so they’ve stripped me. It is what it is,” Opetaia said

Opetaia silenced his critics by stopping Zorro in the first round to solidify the narrative that he is the number one ranked cruiserweight in the world. He will defend his Ring Magazine belt against Briedis while the vacant IBF title will also be on the line. The organization ordered Briedis to face Gilberto Ramirez. The purse bid was cancelled on January 16, 2024, after Ramirez withdrew from negotiations. Now, Opetaia can reclaim the belt he felt unjustly deprived of.

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