VS
May 18 2024
Saturday

Kingdom Arena, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

12 round contest @ Cruiserweight
24-0-0

Estimated Ringwalk:

2024-05-18T21:00:00Z ()

broadcast start time:

US - TBC / UK - Sat 5:00pm

28-2-0

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Belts on The Line

Vacant IBF World Cruiserweight Championship
The Ring Cruiserweight Championship

The tape

28
Age
39
6' 3" / 191 cm
Height
6' 1" / 186 cm
76" / 193 cm
Reach
74.8" / 190 cm
Southpaw (L)
Stance
Orthodox (R)

Full record

KO 1TKO 4UD 12TKO 3TKO 6
Form
UD 12TKO 3MD 12TKO 3UD 12
24
Wins
28
19
By KO
20
79
KO%
71
0
Losses
2
0
Stopped
0
0
Draws
0
2015
Debut
2009
102
Pro rounds
167

Current rankings @ Cruiserweight

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The Ring
1
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WBA
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WBC
-
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WBO
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4
IBF
3

Jai Opetaia vs Mairis Briedis preview


When is Opetaia vs Briedis II?

Jai Opetaia is set to face the challenge of Mairis Briedis on Saturday 18th May 2024 at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh.

The fight will take place over 12 rounds in the Cruiserweight division, which means the weight limit will be 200 pounds (14.3 stone or 90.7 KG).

This contest is for the unified cruiserweight championship of the world, with the IBF & The Ring belts on the line.

This fight will appear on the undercard of Tyson Fury's and Oleksandr Usyk's clash for the WBC World Heavyweight, WBO World Heavyweight, WBA Super World Heavyweight and IBF World Heavyweight championship. Also, on the undercard will be Joe Cordina's and Anthony Cacace's fight for the IBF World Junior Lightweight belt, Frank Sanchez's and Agit Kabayel's fight for the WBC World Heavyweight title, Mark Chamberlain's and Joshua Oluwaseun Wahab's fight, Sergey Kovalev's and Robin Sirwan Safar's contest and Isaac Lowe's and Hasibullah Ahmadi's bout.

Opetaia vs Briedis II stats

Jai Opetaia steps into the ring with an undefeated record of 24 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 19 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.

Mairis Briedis will make his way to the ring with a record of 28 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, with 20 of those wins by knock out.

The stats suggest Opetaia has a slight advantage in power over Briedis, with a 79% knock out percentage over Briedis' 71%.

Jai Opetaia is the younger man by 11 years, at 28 years old.

Opetaia has a height advantage of 2 inches over Briedis. This also extends to a 1-inch reach advantage.

Jai Opetaia fights out of the southpaw stance, while Mairis Briedis is an orthodox fighter.

Opetaia is the less experienced professional fighter, having had 6 less fights, and made his debut in 2015, 5 year and 9 months later than Briedis, whose first professional fight was in 2009. He has fought 65 less professional rounds, 102 to Briedis' 167.

Jai Opetaia goes into the fight ranked number 4 by the IBF at cruiserweight.

Mairis Briedis is currently ranked number 3 by the IBF and 1 by the RING in the 200lb division.

Opetaia vs Briedis II form

Opetaia remains undefeated as a professional, stopping 4 of his last 5 opponents.

In his last fight, he won against Ellis Zorro on 23rd December 2023 by knockout in the 1st round in their The Ring Cruiserweight championship fight at Kingdom Arena, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Previous to that, he had won against Jordan Thompson on 30th September 2023 by technical knockout in the 4th round in their IBF World Cruiserweight and The Ring Cruiserweight championship fight at Wembley Arena, Wembley, United Kingdom.

Going into that contest, he had 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.

Before that, he had defeated Daniel Russell on 4th December 2021 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at Fortitude Music Hall, Queensland.

He had won against Benjamin Kelleher on 22nd October 2020 by technical knockout in the 6th round at Fortitude Music Hall, Queensland.

Briedis has beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance twice.

In his last fight, he lost to Jai Opetaia 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 defeated 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.

Going into that contest, he had beat 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.

Before that, he had won against 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.

He had beat Noel ‘Gevor’ Mikaelian on 10th November 2018 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at UIC Pavilion, Illinois, United States.

Activity check

In terms of recent activity, Jai Opetaia has been fighting more than Mairis Briedis.

Jai Opetaia last fought 4 months and 25 days ago, while Mairis Briedis' last outing was 1 year, 10 months and 16 days ago.

Opetaia's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 6 months and 26 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 8 months and 17 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 26 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 5.2 rounds on average.

Briedis' last 5 fights have come over a period of 5 years, 6 months and 8 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 1 year, 1 month and 7 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 42 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 8.4 rounds on average.

What time does Opetaia vs Briedis II start?

The fighters are expected to ringwalk at around 9:00 PM UTC at Kingdom Arena, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which is 5:00 PM EST or 2:00 PM PST on the West Coast of America, or 10:00 PM BST in the UK.

Who is showing Opetaia vs Briedis II?

Opetaia vs Briedis II will be broadcast on DAZN PPV UK in the UK, while the fight will be broadcast in the United States by ESPN+ PPV.

How do you stream Opetaia vs Briedis II?

You can stream the Opetaia vs Briedis II PPV in the UK via the DAZN app and platform. You can download the app for PC, Apple, Android, Fire TV, Roku, Smart TV, and many others.

The whole event costs £24.99.

You can pay and stream Opetaia vs Briedis II on ESPN PPV via the ESPN+ app. This is a standalone service from regular ESPN, so you don’t need to be an existing TV or ESPN+ subscriber to buy a PPV card. You can download the app for PC, Apple, Android, Fire TV, Roku, your Smart TV and many others.

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What are the odds on Opetaia vs Briedis II?

Jai Opetaia is currently 1/6 (-590) to win the contest outright, while you can get 4/1 (+400) on Mairis Briedis if you fancy the big upset.

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Show open: TBA

Main event starts: 10pm (UTC)

Undercard
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United Kingdom flagCordina
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United Kingdom flagCacace
Cuba flagSanchez
vs
Germany flagKabayel
Russian Federation flagKovalev
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Sweden flagSafar
United Kingdom flagChamberlain
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Nigeria flagWahab
United Kingdom flagLowe
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