Belts on The Line
Tape rankings @ Cruiserweight
Who won Briedis vs Opetaia?
Jai Opetaia beat Mairis Briedis by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 2nd July 2022 at Gold Coast Convention Centre in Queensland.
The scorecards were announced as 112-116, 113-115, 112-116 in favor of winner Jai Opetaia.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Cruiserweight division, which meant the weight limit was 200 pounds (14.3 stone or 90.7 KG).
This contest was for the unified cruiserweight championship of the world, with the IBF & The Ring belts on the line.
Briedis vs Opetaia stats
Mairis Briedis stepped into the ring with a record of 28 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 20 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Jai Opetaia made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 21 wins and 0 draws, with 17 of those by knock out.
The stats suggested Opetaia had a slight advantage in power over Briedis, with a 81% knock out percentage over Briedis' 71%.
Mairis Briedis was the older man by 10 years, at 37 years old.
Opetaia had a height advantage of 2 inches over Briedis. That also extended to a 1-inch reach advantage.
Mairis Briedis fought out of the orthodox stance, while Jai Opetaia was a southpaw.
Briedis was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 8 more fights, and made his debut in 2009, 5 years and 9 months earlier than Opetaia, whose first professional fight was in 2015. He had fought 70 more professional rounds, 167 to Opetaia's 97.
Jai Opetaia was ranked number 4 by the IBF in the 200lb division.
Briedis vs Opetaia form
Briedis had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 2 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Artur Mann on 16th October 2021 by technical knockout in the 3rd round in their IBF World Cruiserweight championship fight at Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia.
Previous to that, he had won against Yuniel Dorticos on 26th September 2020 by majority decision in their IBF World Cruiserweight and The Ring Cruiserweight championship fight at Plazamedia Broadcasting Center, Munich, Germany.
Going into that contest, he had beat Krzysztof Glowacki on 15th June 2019 by technical knockout in the 3rd round in their WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia.
Before that, he had defeated Noel ‘Gevor’ Mikaelian on 10th November 2018 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at UIC Pavilion, Illinois, United States.
He had won against Brandon Deslaurier on 21st July 2018 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Olimpiyskiy, Moscow, Russia.
Briedis' last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 2 months and 15 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 3 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 40 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8 rounds on average.
Opetaia's last 4 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 2 months and 9 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 18 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 27 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6.8 rounds on average.
What time did Briedis vs Opetaia start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 AM UTC at Gold Coast Convention Centre, Queensland, Australia, which was 7:00 AM EST or 4:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America, or 12:00 PM BST in the UK.
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