IBF cruiserweight champion Jai Opetaia (22-0, 17 KOs) will make the first defense of his title on September 30 against Jordan Thompson (15-0, 12 KOs). Opetaia fights for the first time since a unanimous decision win over Mairis Briedis in July 2022. Their fight will headline a card held at Wembley Arena in London, England. Matchroom Boxing are promoting the event that is being broadcast by DAZN around the world. Those in Australia can catch the action on Fox Sports and Kayo.
“I’ve waited patiently, I’ve been in this gym, grinding, locked in,” said Opetaia before leaving Australia for the clash. “Just waiting for the opportunity to show everybody who the best cruiserweight is.”
“These are opportunities that you can’t really pass up, and that was made clear to me and my team,” said Thompson to The Ring magazine. “I trust my team; I trust myself; so we’re keen to take the opportunity [to challenge Opetaia].”
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Ellie Scotney defends against Laura Griffa
Also making the first defense of her title is Ellie Scotney (7-0, 0 KOs) against Laura Griffa (20-8, 1 KO). In June, Scotney became the IBF super bantamweight champion after defeating Cherneka Johnson by unanimous decision. On the other hand, Griffa snapped a six-fight losing streak this year with two back to back wins.
“Something I’ve lacked in my career is momentum, so to get a quick turnaround, I know it’s going to be key for my career and I’m going to show you that from the fighter that boxed in June, I’m a completely different one,” said Scotney.
“Obviously, it’s going to be a great fight and if she wants war, we are going to have a war,” said Griffa.
Opetaia vs. Thompson full fight card
Jai Opetaia (22-0, 17 KOs) vs. Jordan Thompson (15-0, 12 KOs), 12 rounds, for Opetaia’s IBF cruiserweight title
Cheavon Clarke (6-0, 5 KOs) vs. Vasil Ducar (14-6-2, 10 KOs), 10 rounds, cruiserweight
Jimmy Sains (debut) vs. Bartlomiej Stryczek (1-0, 0 KOs), 4 rounds, middleweight
Rhiannon Dixon (8-0, 1 KO) vs. Katharina Thanderz (16-1, 2 KOs), 10 rounds, lightweight
Ellie Scotney (7-0, 0 KOs) vs. Laura Griffa (20-8, 1 KO), 10×2 rounds, for Scotney’s super bantamweight title
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George Liddard (4-0, 3 KOs) vs. Peter Kramer (14-8-3, 10 KOs), 6 rounds, middleweight
Ibraheem Sulaimaan (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Joshua Ocampo (8-15-5, 6 KOs), 4 rounds, lightweight
Shannon Ryan (5-0, 0 KOs) vs. Xenia Jorneac (11-6, 3 KOs), 8×2 rounds, super flyweight
Maisey Rose Courtney (4-0, 0 KOs) vs. Martina Bernile (5-2-1, 1 KO), 6×2 rounds, flyweight