Jai Opetaia defended his world cruiserweight title


Jai Opetaia has successfully defended his world cruiserweight title, defeating British challenger Jordan Thompson at London’s Wembley Arena on Sunday morning.

The 2012 Olympian dominated Thompson to retain his IBF and The Ring Magazine titles, securing a fourth-round TKO victory in a clinical performance.

The Australian-Samoan southpaw looked a class above, repeatedly landing powerful left hands and hurting Thompson on multiple occasions.

Opetaia had his 198cm opponent on the ropes, literally and figuratively, in the closing moments of the first round with a brutal flurry of punches, but Thompson survived to the bell with blood already oozing from his nose.

Thompson bounced back in a more competitive second round, landing his first significant shot late in the stanza.

However, the 30-year-old started to wobble in the third round, with Opetaia getting a knockdown after landing several blows to chin.

The bell once again saved Thompson, but the decisive moment came in the fourth round, with Opetaia toppling the hometown hero and getting the job done emphatically.