Competing at the ‘Day of Reckoning’ boxing mega-card in Saudi Arabia, Samoa-Australian Jai Opetaia has delivered a stunning one-punch, first-round knockout of Ellis Zorro to maintain his unbeaten record and remind the world that he is the best cruiserweight on the planet.
Opetaia was stripped of his IBF cruiserweight world title for taking this Saudi Arabian payday, but caught his opponent with a left to the chin and sent him crashing to the canvas in the dying seconds of the first round.
“I trained for 12 rounds, but if the knockout comes, it comes,” Opetaia said.
“He was very hesitant, but he was a bit too hesitant and he got clipped. That’s the way it goes.”
“I did [take some of the week’s frustration out in the ring], but look at this place. I’m happy to be here,” Opetaia added.
“I’m pumped, first round knockout, I’m ready for the next fight.
“The last 18 months is all part of the journey.
Jai Opetaia underlined his status as the best cruiserweight on the planet with a devastating one-punch first-round knockout against unbeaten British fighter Ellis Zorro.
Promoter Eddie Hearn said it was “inevitable” that Opetaia would become the undisputed cruiserweight world champion before suggesting a move up to heavyweight.
Most of the best heavyweight boxers on the planet, including former world champions Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, are all in action on what is one of the boldest boxing cards ever assembled on the Day of Reckoning bill in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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