Jai Opetaia is set to make his first defence of the IBF cruiserweight title when he faces Jordan Thomson on September 30, live on DAZN (excluding Australia and New Zealand).
Opetaia (22-0 17 KOs) claimed the IBF crown thanks to a victory over Mairis Briedis in July 2022, the last time the Australian fighter was in the ring. Now he puts the strap on the line against Thompson (15-0, 12 KOs), last seen in action in a TKO victory over Luke Watkins in April.
Opetaia vs. Thompson isn't the only world title fight on the card, as Ellie Scotney and Laura Soledad Griffa will face off for Scotney's IBF super-bantamweight title.
Here's everything you need to know ahead of Opetaia vs. Thompson.
- Date: Saturday, September 30
- Time: 7 p.m. UK / 2 p.m. ET
The event is set to get underway at 7 p.m. UK / 2 p.m. ET with the main event ringwalks still to be determined.
“I have been waiting too long for someone to challenge me and now we finally have a fight,” said Opetaia. “Thank you Jordan for stepping up but I hope you are ready!”
“Opetaia is the recognized number one in the division and the best guy out there and that’s why he’s the one I want,” said Thompson, a Manchester-born and bred contender who now lives and trains in London. “This is my time now and the world will see that on September 30th. I ain’t never been one to just take part, I’m a winner, I’m going to win.”