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Jai Opetaia
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Rated at Cruiserweight
Height 6 ft 2 in
Reach 76 in
Nationality Australian
Born 30 June 1995 (1995-06-30) (age 26)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 20
Wins 20
Wins by KO 16
Losses 0

Jai Opetaia (born 30 June 1995) is an Australian professional boxer who has held the WBA Oceania cruiserweight title since 2019. As an amateur he won a bronze medal at the 2012 Youth World Championships and represented Australia at the 2012 Olympics and 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Amateur career

In Opetaia's amateur career, he won the Light Heavyweight title at the 2011 Junior World Championships then qualified for the 2012 Olympics as a Heavyweight at the age of 16, making him the youngest ever Australian Olympic boxer.

Opetaia won the Junior World title in Kazakhstan in July 2011.

At the Olympic qualifier in Canberra 2012 he had a tough final against New Zealander David Light but prevailed 15:10.

In 2012, Opetaia got the bronze medal at the AIBA World Youth Championships in the heavyweight division. Later that year, Opetaia competed at the 2012 Olympics, however did not pass the first round of the tournament.

Personal life

He is related to Australian soccer player Tim Cahill and rugby league player Ben Roberts of Parramatta Eels.

Professional boxing titles

  • Australian New South Wales State
    • Australia – New South Wales State heavyweight title (209 pounds)
  • Australian National Boxing Federation
    • Australian National cruiserweight title
  • World Boxing Council
    • Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation cruiserweight title
  • International Boxing Federation
    • World Youth cruiserweight title (199+14 pounds)

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
20 fights 20 wins 0 losses
By knockout 16 0
By decision 4 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
20 Win 20–0 Australia Benjamin Kelleher TKO 6 (10), 1:50 22 Oct 2020 Australia Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, Australia Retained IBF Asia-Oceania and WBO Global cruiserweight titles
19 Win 19–0 Australia Mark Flanagan TKO 8 (10), 3:00 16 Nov 2019 Australia Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia Retained WBA Oceania and WBO Global cruiserweight titles;
Won inaugural IBF Asia-Oceania cruiserweight title
18 Win 18–0 New Zealand Nikolas Charalampous UD 10 27 Jul 2019 Australia Luna Park, Sydney, Australia Retained WBA Oceania interim cruiserweight title;
Won vacant WBO Global cruiserweight title
17 Win 17–0 Australia Navosa Ioata TKO 8 (10), 1:13 15 May 2019 Australia The Star, Sydney, Australia Won vacant WBA Oceania interim cruiserweight title
16 Win 16–0 Australia Kurtis Pegoraro KO 2 (10), 1:25 29 Jun 2018 Australia Pullman King George Square, Brisbane, Australia Retained WBO Asia-Pacific cruiserweight title;
Won vacant IBF Pan-Pacific cruiserweight title
15 Win 15–0 Germany Lukas Paszkowsky TKO 2 (10), 2:35 7 Apr 2018 Australia Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia Won vacant WBO Asia-Pacific cruiserweight title
14 Win 14–0 Australia Benjamin Kelleher TKO 3 (10), 2:36 17 Jan 2018 Australia The Star, Sydney, Australia Retained Australian cruiserweight title
13 Win 13–0 United States Frankie Lopez TKO 1 (10), 2:55 21 Oct 2017 Australia Function Centre, Melbourne, Australia Won vacant IBF Youth cruiserweight title
12 Win 12–0 Australia Daniel Ammann TKO 9 (10), 1:49 15 Jul 2017 Australia Wests City Club, Newcastle, Australia Won vacant WBC-OPBF and Australian cruiserweight titles
11 Win 11–0 Australia Moses Havea TKO 2 (8), 1:03 12 May 2017 Australia North Sydney Leagues Club, Sydney, Australia Retained ANBF New South Wales heavyweight title
10 Win 10–0 Australia Kyle Brumby TKO 2 (8), 1:26 8 Apr 2017 Australia Doltone House, Sydney, Australia
9 Win 9–0 Samoa Togasilimai Letoa TKO 2 (4), 0:30 10 Feb 2017 Samoa Faleata Sporting Complex, Apia, Samoa
8 Win 8–0 New Zealand Isileli Fa TKO 3 (6), 0:36 23 Dec 2016 Australia Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney, Australia
7 Win 7–0 Australia Peter Brennan KO 1 (8), 2:46 9 Dec 2016 Australia Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia Won vacant ANBF New South Wales heavyweight title
6 Win 6–0 Australia Uria Afamasaga TKO 2 (4), 0:37 14 Oct 2016 Australia The Silverdome, Launceston, Australia
5 Win 5–0 New Zealand Sefo Falekaono KO 6 (6), 1:11 22 Jul 2016 Australia Mediterranean House, Sydney, Australia
4 Win 4–0 Mexico Orlando Vazquez PTS 4 23 Apr 2016 Mexico Centro de Usos Múltiples, Los Mochis, Mexico
3 Win 3–0 Australia Randall Rayment UD 6 28 Nov 2015 Australia Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, Australia
2 Win 2–0 New Zealand Rob Manual TKO 1 (4), 2:46 14 Aug 2015 Australia The Pavilion, Melbourne, Australia
1 Win 1–0 New Zealand Isileli Fa UD 4 1 Aug 2015 New Zealand Stadium Southland, Invercargill, New Zealand
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