Jai Opetaia in Samoa at the Invitation of Hon Minister of Tourism


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.