Saturday 3 September 2022. The IBF World Cruiserweight Champion – Jai Opetaia is in Samoa at the invitation of the Honourable Minister of Tourism.
The 27 year old Australian professional boxer will take part in a number of activities to celebrate Samoa’s 60th Independence.
Opetaia has held the IBF and The Ring cruiserweight titles since July 2022.
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.
Samoa’s independence anniversary celebrations is being held this month with a series of events, delayed from June to coincide with the re-opening of international borders since Covid-19 lockdowns.
The Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) has confirmed a number of activities and highlight events the boxing champion will attend:
Saturday 3rd September
Samoa Boxing Federation Independence Celebrations
8.30am – March pass (All boxing clubs assemble in front of Hyundai Samoa)
8.50am – Word of prayer
9.10am – Special guest message – Cruiserweight Champion of the World – Jai Opetaia.
9.50am – SASNOC representative / S.O.C.C / American Samoa team
10.30am – Key note address by Hon Papalii Tagaloatele Pasi Poloa (President Samoa Boxing)
10.40am – Quarter final first bout commence.
Monday, 5th September
0800hrs – School Visit at Maluafou College.
1100hrs – Press Conference (with Local Media) – Taumeasina Island Resort.
1500hrs – Meet and Greet with the Samoa Boxing Federation & Clinic for Elite Athletes.