- #1 Cruiserweight Jai Opetaia Makes UK Debut This Saturday In London
- Big Opportunity For Unbeaten Brit Jordan Thompson To Pull Off The Upset
- Latvia’s WBSS Winner Mairis Briedis Will Await Winner Of Opetaia vs Thompson
THE #1 CRUISERWEIGHT Jai Opetaia (22-0 17 KOs) will make the first defence of his IBF and Ring Magazine Cruiserweight World Titles against Jordan Thompson (15-0, 12 KOs) at the OVO Arena Wembley on Saturday, September 30 live on DAZN.
Aussie southpaw Opetaia dethroned Cruiserweight king Mairis Briedis on home turf with an outstanding display in Queensland, Australia in July 2022, outboxing the Latvian with a show of skill mixed with guts after breaking his jaw in both the second and final rounds.
Fourteen months on and after two frustrating pull-outs Opetaia returns to action in London putting his titles on the line against Manchester’s undefeated contender Thompson.
The 6′ 7″ powerhouse emerged as a surprise option for the defence considering his notable fights to date have come at domestic level against Vasil Ducar and Luke Watkins.
Regardless, with Opetaia’s jaw injury and 14+ months of inactivity, the Mancunian will fancy himself to pull off the upset, especially with the power he possesses.
Opetaia vs Thompson Card
- Ellie Scotney (7-0) vs Laura Soledad Griffa (20-8, 1 KO) – IBF World Super Bantamweight Title
- Cheavon Clarke (6-0, 5 KOs) vs Vasil Ducar (14-6-2, 10 KOs) – IBF International Cruiserweight Title
- Rhiannon Dixon (8-0, 1 KO) vs Katherina Thanderz (16-1, 2 KOs) – EBU European Lightweight Title
- Jimmy Sains (0-0) vs Bartlomiej Stryczek (1-0) – 4 Rounds Middleweight
- Shannon Ryan (5-0) vs Xenia Jorneac (11-6) – 8 Rounds Super Flyweight
- Ibraheem Sulaimaan (1-0) vs Joshua Ocampo (8-15-5) – 4 Rounds Lightweight
- George Liddard (4-0, 3 KOs) vs Peter Kramer (14-8-3) – 6 Rounds Middleweight
- Maiseyrose Courtney (4-0) vs Martina Bernile (5-2-1) – 6 Rounds Flyweight
Opetaia vs Thompson UK Start Time, TV Channel And Ring Walk Time
The preliminary action is scheduled to begin at 5:00 pm BST (12:00 pm ET, 9:00 am PT) (subject to change) on the Matchroom Boxing and DAZN YouTube channels with the main card a little while later at 7 pm BST (2 pm ET, 11 am PT) live on DAZN worldwide.
Main Event Ring Walks will occur at approximately 10:00 pm BST (5:00 pm ET, 3:00 pm PT). Stay tuned to NoSmokeSport.com for more details about the running order, undercard and fight week updates as they happen.
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Jai Opetaia vs Jordan Thompson– 12 Rounds Cruiserweight – Sat, Sep 30– Wembley Arena, London, UK – Live On DAZN