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Jai Opetaia v Ellis Zorro: Weight, height, reach, trainer & professional boxing records

We analyse the credentials and statistics of IBF cruiserweight champion Jai Opetaia and Ellis Zorro as the British world title hopeful bids to produce one of the biggest upsets in the history of the sport in Saudi Arabia.

British boxers have produced some of the biggest upsets in the history of the sport.

Ellis Zorro (10/1) looks to become the latest name on that illustrious list when he challenges Jai Opetaia (1/20) for the IBF cruiserweight title, on December 23.

Opetaia is widely regarded as the best in the 200lbs division, while the Englishman has never gone the championship distance.

Can Zorro pull off the unlikeliest of upsets?

Let’s take a look at the Tale of the Tape…

Jai Opetaia v Ellis Zorro
Tale of the Tape

 Jai OpetaiaEllis Zorro
Nickname:    N/AN/A
Height:6ft 2ins6ft 1ins
Trainer:Mark WilsonMartin Bowers
Record:23-0 (18 KOs)17-0 (7 KOs)
Last Fight:Won - (TKO) v Jordan Thompson (Sep 2023)Won - (UD) v Luca D'Ortenzi (Oct 2023)

Jai Opetaia
In Profile

Jai Opetaia will almost certainly not be overlooking his opponent, despite many perceiving it to be a mismatch. 

The Australian knows underdogs have their day, as was the case when he defeated Mairis Briedis to capture the IBF title, in 2022. Briedis was a slight favourite, but Opetaia was simply too fresh and too sharp on the night.

The 2012 London Olympian’s success was made all the more remarkable by the fact that he sustained a broken jaw in the second round, but persevered through the pain to prevail on the scorecards.

Politics then resulted in the 28-year-old becoming inactive; first Mateusz Masternak withdrew from purse bids before the sanctioning body then ordered a fight between the champion and Richard Riakporhe, only for the Englishman to pull out of the fight shortly before the purse bids took placew

Opetaia was allowed to make a voluntary defence against Jordan Thompson, in September. Like Zorro, Thompson held a regional sanctioning body title, had been lightly matched and had never been beyond the 10th round.

From the opening bell, Opetaia asserted his dominance. The southpaw dropped the Thompson twice before obliging the referee to stop the bout in the fourth round. 

It is likely that Opetaia will produce a similar calibre of performance once again.

Controls distance wellCan overreach with shots
Good footworkOpen to uppercuts
Hand speedCan smother his own work
Solid jabOverconfidence could be an issue

Ellis Zorro
In Profile

Ellis Zorro rose to prominence last year by winning the BOXXER one-night knockout tournament. Success earned him a contract with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions.

Since inking a pact with the promoter, the Lewisham man has claimed three solid wins; the pick of the bunch being a seventh-round victory over, former British light-heavyweight champion, Hosea Burton.

Under the tutelage of Martin Bowers, Zorro has been progressing nicely, but it appears that this opportunity has arrived too soon.

The 31-year-old’s two most notable victories have come against boxers whose best days were several years behind them and at the division below.

Zorro has only fought 70 rounds as a professional, has been beyond the sixth frame on just three occasions and has never been the 12-round scheduled distance.

The Englishman is a jeweller to trade and will need to craft a diamond of a performance if he is to pull of one the greatest upsets the sport has seen.

Tight-guardFalls short with punches
Applies pressure wellOpen to counters over low lead hand
Jabs well to the bodyInexperienced
Combination punchingLack of head movement
Jai Opetaia v Ellis Zorro

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