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Jai Opetaia vs Chris Billam-Smith preview
When is Opetaia vs Billam-Smith?
Jai Opetaia could face the challenge of Chris Billam-Smith in Autumn/Fall 2023 in the United Kingdom.
The fight would be contested over 12 rounds in the Cruiserweight division, which means the weight limit would be 200 pounds (14.3 stone or 90.7 KG).
Opetaia vs Billam-Smith stats
Jai Opetaia would step into the ring with an undefeated record of 22 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 17 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Chris Billam-Smith would make his way to the ring with a record of 18 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 12 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggest Opetaia would have a slight advantage in power over Billam Smith, with a 77% knock out percentage over Billam Smith's 67%.
Jai Opetaia is the younger man by 5 years, at 27 years old.
Opetaia has 1-inch reach advantage.
Jai Opetaia fights out of the southpaw stance, while Chris Billam-Smith is an orthodox fighter.
Opetaia is currently arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 3 more fights, and made his debut in 2015, 2 years and 1 month earlier than Billam Smith, whose first professional fight was in 2017. He has fought 23 less professional rounds, 97 to Billam Smith's 120.
Chris Billam-Smith is currently ranked number 1 by the WBO and 10 by the RING in the 200lb division.
Opetaia vs Billam-Smith form
Opetaia remains undefeated as a professional, stopping 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight, he beat Mairis Briedis on 2nd July 2022 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Cruiserweight and The Ring Cruiserweight championship fight at Gold Coast Convention Centre, Queensland, Australia.
Previous to that, he had beat Daniel Russell on 4th December 2021 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at Fortitude Music Hall, Queensland.
Going into that contest, he had won against Benjamin Kelleher on 22nd October 2020 by technical knockout in the 6th round at Fortitude Music Hall, Queensland.
Before that, he had beat Mark Flanagan on 16th November 2019 by technical knockout in the 8th round at Hordern Pavilion, New South Wales.
He had defeated Nikolas Charalampous on 27th July 2019 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Luna Park, New South Wales.
Billam Smith has won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 2 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight, he won against Lawrence Okolie on 27th May 2023 by majority decision in their WBO World Cruiserweight championship fight at Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had won against Armend Xhoxhaj on 17th December 2022 by technical knockout in the 5th round at Bournemouth International Centre, Bournemouth.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Isaac Chamberlain on 30th July 2022 by unanimous decision in their CBC Commonwealth Cruiserweight championship fight at Bournemouth International Centre, Dorset.
Before that, he had beat Tommy McCarthy on 16th April 2022 by knockout in the 8th round at Manchester Arena, Manchester.
He had won against Dylan Bregeon on 13th November 2021 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Sheffield Arena, Yorkshire.
In terms of recent activity, Chris Billam-Smith has been fighting more than Jai Opetaia.
Jai Opetaia last fought 11 months and 9 days ago, while Chris Billam-Smith's last outing was 15 days ago.
Opetaia's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 10 months and 15 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 9 months and 10 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 39 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 7.8 rounds on average.
Billam Smith's last 5 fights have come over a period of 1 year, 6 months and 29 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 3 months and 25 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 49 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 9.8 rounds on average.
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