British boxer Ellis Zorro faces the fight of his life next month as he puts his undefeated record on the line against also unbeaten Australian Jai Opetaia in an IBF Cruiserweight title fight.
The bout is scheduled to take place on the 23rd December in Saudi Arabia and is part of the 'Day of Reckoning' undercard.
Other fights on one of the deepest cards in boxing include Deontay Wilder vs. Joseph Parker and Daniel Dubois vs Jarrell Miller, while Anthony Joshua vs Otto Wallin is the feature event of the evening in what promises to be an action-packed night.
The bout between Jai Opetaia and Ellis Zorro is due to take place on 23rd December.
The timings of the night’s boxing are yet to be confirmed but the undercard is expected to start at around 18:00.
The fight between Jai Opetaia and Ellis Zorro is set to take place at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The arena only opened this year but has already hosted the fight between Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou.
The 'Day of Reckoning' card will be available live on DAZN as a pay-per-view event in the UK, priced at £19.99.
Yes, the IBF Cruiserweight title will be on the line when these two fighters go head to head on 23rd December.
Opetaia is an Australian professional boxer who was born in Sydney, New South Wales. He has held the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and the Ring magazine cruiserweight titles since 2022.
He won a bronze medal at the 2012 Youth World Championships and represented Australia at the 2012 Olympics and 2014 Commonwealth Games, and is currently ranked as the world's best active cruiserweight by The Ring magazine and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.
The Australian has had an unblemished career so far, winning each of his 23 fights, 18 by KO. His early fights saw him land numerous Australian titles at Cruiserweight level, but his big breakthrough came on 27th July, 2019 when defending his WBA Oceania interim cruiserweight title against Nikolas Charalampous with the WBO Global cruiserweight title also up for grabs. Opetaia won the fight by unanimous decision to launch himself into the big time.
In a brutal bout with Mairis Briedis, Opetaia broke his jaw in two places on the way to landing the IBF and The Ring cruiserweight titles. His first defence was a successful one as he powered his way past Jordan Thompson at Wembley Arena in London, by TKO in the fourth round to set up next month's scrap with British challenger Ellis Zorro.
Zorro was born in Lewisham, South London and currently lives just down the road in Bromley. The undefeated Cruiserweight star and 2022 Boxxer Tournament winner made his first professional appearance at York Hall in September 2022, and remains undefeated as a pro, stopping one of his last five opponents.
In his last fight, he beat Luca D’Ortenzi on 6th October 2023 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at York Hall, Bethnal Green, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had beat Hosea Burton on 12th May 2023 by technical knockout in the 7th round at York Hall, London. Going into that contest, he had won against Dec Spelman on 16th September 2022 by points in the 8th round at York Hall, Bethnal Green.
Much like Thompson in Opetaia's last fight, Zorro is facing a significant step up in competition. The 31-year-old has yet to face anyone close to world level and will need a career-best performance to threaten the undefeated champion.
Jai Opetaia is the red-hot favourite at 1/20 to win the fight, and to win by KO, TKO or disqualification.
Ellis Zorro is the 10/1 underdog to win the fight, and it's he prevails by KO, TKO or disqualification.
It's 4/1 and that either fighter is victorious by decision or technical decision respectively.
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