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Jai Opetaia v Mairis Briedis 2: Fight date, time, undercard & how to watch

Jai Opetaia was due to clash with Mairis Briedis for a second time on the undercard of the Tyson Fury v Oleksandr Usyk card in Saudi Arabia on 17th February, but the postponement of that heavyweight clash means the rematch will have to wait.

It’s an unfortunate outcome for Opetaia, who was forced to vacate his IBF cruiserweight world title to fight on the Saudi card and it’s another delay in the Australian’s progress. 

The Sydney slugger was sidelined with a broken jaw after he got the better of Briedis to capture the world title in 2022 and the 28-year-old has fought only twice since that bout. 

The good news for both fighters is that a new date has been found for the contest to take place in May and the vacant IBF cruiserweight crown will be on the line.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the bout...

Jai Opetaia v Mairis Briedis - Date

The huge heavyweight clash between Fury and Usyk is the key bout on this card and the new date for the Opetaia v Briedis clash will revolve around the Gypsy Kings fitness. 

Fury needs time for the cut, which he suffered in sparring in the build up to the Usyk bout, to heal and that will take a few months. 

A statement from Queensbury Promotions read: “The undisputed heavyweight championship fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk has been rescheduled to May 18th in Riyadh.”

That would mean that the cruiserweight battle will slot back in on the undercard and fight organiser Turki Al-Sheikh revealed that both boxers will face a $10m penalty if they withdraw in May, and that Anthony Joshua has agreed to fill the void if such a scenario occurs.

Jai Opetaia v Mairis Briedis - Time

This will be the chief support to the main event and it’s likely that the cruiserweight contest will get under way at around 22:30 UK time. 

Exact scheduling will depend on the duration of the undercard bouts.

Jai Opetaia v Mairis Briedis - Odds

Opetaia is the firm 1/5 favourite to pick up the win, while Briedis is 7/2 to claim a huge victory.

Jai Opetaia v Mairis Briedis - Venue and Location

The contest will take place in the Kingdom Arena, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi has become a go-to venue for big-fight nights and this venue has already played host to some huge bouts. 

Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou battled under the retractable roof, while Joshua is due to clash with Ngannou at the same venue in March. 

Primarily used for football matches, and the home of Al Hilal, the setting has a maximum capacity of 30,000.

Jai Opetaia v Mairis Briedis - How to Watch

The undisputed heavyweight world title fight is set to be the first ever tri-broadcast PPV as it will be shown across TNT Sports, DAZN and Sky Sports and the Opetaia v Briedis contest will be part of the big-fight package.

Jai Opetaia v Mairis Briedis - Which belts are on the line

The IBF cruiserweight title, which Briedis lost to Opetaia and the Aussie was subsequently forced to vacate, will be on the line. 

Opetaia made just one successful defence of the world crown, while Briedis saw off two challengers.

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