Big news for Australian boxing! Australian boxing powerhouse, Tasman Fighters, and Jai Opetaia are stepping into a worldwide promo deal with Matchroom Boxing.
Last July, Opetaia (22-0, 17 KOs) outclassed Mairis Briedis, taking the IBF and Ring Magazine World Cruiserweight titles in Queensland, Australia. Even a busted jaw in the second and final rounds didn’t break his stride.
At 28, Opetaia notched up his unbeaten tally to 22 fights that night, grabbing world title honours right off the bat. He kicked off his pro career in August 2015, after an impressive run in the amateur boxing ring, which included a gold at the 2011 World Junior Championships and a spot in the 2012 London Olympics – making him the youngest Aussie Olympian boxer.
Now, Opetaia’s next ambition? Unify the Cruiserweight division. And he’s stoked to chase this dream with Matchroom. “Tasman Fighters and I have been gunning for this. I’m ready to dive into big fights and unify all the titles,” says Opetaia.
With Opetaia’s addition to the team, Hearn’s Australian roster is looking quite solid, with names like Liam Paro, Stevie Spark, Ebanie Bridges, and Skye Nicolson. Post their successful event in Queensland last October, Matchroom and Tasman Fighters are gearing up for more thrilling events Down Under, promising a treat for both fighters and fans.
Hearn couldn’t hide his excitement, “Thrilled to have Jai on board the Matchroom Boxing Team, and work closely with Tasman Fighters again. Jai’s victory over Briedis was a pivotal moment for Australian boxing, putting him at the top of the Cruiserweight division. I believe he’s got the chops to unify all the belts, and become not just a local but a global superstar.
“Aussie boxing is gathering steam, and we at Matchroom are pumped to be part of this journey. Can’t wait to be back in Australia with Jai and the rest of our Aussie stars.”
Mick Francis, Director of Tasman Fighters, echoed the sentiment. “Our deal with Matchroom presents a fantastic chance for Jai Opetaia to take his career to new heights, and for Australian boxing to make a mark internationally. It also opens new doors for all our contracted fighters. Our goal has always been to pave the way for our athletes. Now, with Matchroom, that vision is coming to life. Exciting times ahead!”