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Everything you need to know about Jai Opetaia’s world title fight as Australia’s top boxer fights on Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk card

  • Opetaia vs Briedis will take place on Sunday May 19 (Australian time)
  • Fight is a preview of the titanic battle between Fury and Usyk
  • IBF and The Ring cruiserweight titles are on the line

The highly anticipated cruiserweight rematch between Jai Opetaia and Mairis Briedis in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, promises to be the biggest fight of the year for Australian boxing fans.

The 28-year-old Australian pugilist will be eager to score another victory against the man who broke his jaw in two places during their last encounter – but still couldn’t beat him.

Opetaia currently holds The Ring cruiserweight belt, but no longer holds the IBF title after vacating it in 2023.

The undefeated southpaw has looked exceptional in his last two outings, while the hard-hitting Briedis, 39, has been inactive.

“It’s a really tough fight, I have to be honest. The first fight, if you look back on it, it was a war. It was a close fight,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.

The cruiserweight rematch between Australian Jai Opetaia (photo) and Mairis Briedis will take place in a few days in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The cruiserweight rematch between Australian Jai Opetaia (photo) and Mairis Briedis will take place in a few days in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Latvian Briedis (pictured) broke the Australian's jaw the last time the pair met in the ring - but still failed to secure victory.

Latvian Briedis (pictured) broke the Australian’s jaw the last time the pair met in the ring – but still failed to secure victory.

“Briedis broke Jai Opetaia’s jaw in two places. He showed incredible heart that night. He pulled through and took the victory on points. He was a fight of the year contender.

“A few years later, I think Jai has improved. I feel like his confidence is through the roof now. What Briedis has left, he’s going to have a very big roll of the dice.

Here’s everything you need to know about the fight that could make Opetaia one of the biggest names in fighting gaming.

The pair will fight for the vacant IBF strap and Opetaia's Ring belt (pictured, action from the pair's first fight in

The pair will fight for the vacant IBF strap and Opetaia’s Ring belt (pictured, action from the pair’s first fight in

When is Jai Opetaia vs. Mairis Briedis?

The fight will take place in the early hours of Sunday May 19 (AET).

The fight for the vacant IBF cruiserweight title is on the menu for the highly anticipated clash between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk.

The main card will begin at 2am (AET) with ring walks for Fury and Usyk scheduled for 8am – so Opetaia and Briedes should fight in the hour before.

This is the second date the fight has been set for, as it had to be pushed back from originally being scheduled for February.

Opetaia is coming off back-to-back knockout victories and is the favorite to win back his world cruiserweight crown ahead of some of boxing's biggest players.

Opetaia is coming off back-to-back knockout victories and is the favorite to win back his world cruiserweight crown ahead of some of boxing’s biggest players.

Where is Opetaia vs. Briedis?

The rematch between the two will take place at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

How to watch the fight

For boxing fans around the world, the titanic clash will be broadcast live on DAZN PPV.

The price to watch the fight in Australia will be $34.99.

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