A pair of undefeated cruiserweights meet at the "Day of Reckoning" as Jai Opetaia faces Ellis Zorro.

At stake is Opetaia's IBF title, which he won last year and defended in September against Jordan Thompson.

The 28-year-old looks to make it back-to-back successful title defences as he takes on Zorro, who was last seen defeating Luca D'Ortenzi in October.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Jai Opetaia vs. Ellis Zorro.

Jai Opetaia vs Ellis Zorro (IBF Cruiserweight World Title)

When is Jai Opetaia vs Ellis Zorro?
  • Date: Saturday, December 23     
  • Start time: 7 p.m. UK / 2 p.m. ET

The event is set to begin at 7 p.m. UK / 2 p.m. ET, these timings are subject to change. 

What has been said?

“This stuff happened pretty quickly,” Opetaia said. “You know, I probably only got told about it 10 hours before we came over here that I was actually coming.

“And to be honest, I don’t even know what my opponent’s name is. They just told me about this card and they said I could be a part of it.

“So I just said, you know, like pretty much, where do I sign? So whoever they put in front of me is who I’ve got to beat.”

“We came here to make a statement (against Thompson), wanted to do some damage,” Opetaia said at Thursday’s media conference.

“This one, we want to take our time… the damage will come.”

“There’s a big part of me that’s so grateful to be a part of this card,” Opetaia said. “But the other half is like ‘I deserve to be here’. I earned my spot here. On the 23rd of December I will remind them that I’m the best cruiserweight on the planet.



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