Australian cruiserweight Jai Opetaia has been confirmed to participate in the highly anticipated “Day of Reckoning” event in Saudi Arabia on December 23.
He will face Britain’s Ellis Zorro, although his IBF world cruiserweight title will not be at stake. There will be boxing fight odds tonight on this bout, of course.
The governing body compelled Opetaia to relinquish the championship following his decision to stay active and face Zorro this weekend instead of waiting for the mandated challenger and previous champion, Mairis Briedis, who’s currently injured.
Nevertheless, Opetaia and Zorro will exchange leather, and I’m here to cover all your betting on boxing needs; let’s get into it!
Opetaia vs Zorro
- Date & Time: Saturday, Dec. 23, 2023 – 11: a..m. ET
- Location: Kingdom Arena, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Promotion: Matchroom Boxing
- Scheduled Bouts: 8
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- Moneyline Betting Probability: Opetaia – 96.2% (-1200) Zorro – 10% (+900)
Opetaia vs Zorro Betting Odds
Opetaia vs Zorro: Fighter Previews
Although he was compelled to relinquish his IBF World Cruiserweight title, he holds the Ring Magazinetitle and isranked the No. 1 cruiserweight.
With 18 KOs, the Australian is unblemished in 23 contests. The previous year, he won the IBF cruiser championship by unanimous decision over Briedis. He successfully defended that title against the “Troublesome” Jordan Thompson in September, which resulted in a fourth-round knockout.
Although Opetaia is not indestructible, he is exceptionally robust, aggressive, heavy-handed, and perilous. Thompson was subjected to heavy rope strikes by him from the very first round until the early conclusion of the bout, and we should expect something similar this weekend.
Zorro, 31, a native of south London, is arguably the most underdog of the eight-fight card that will take place in Riyadh.
The boxer from Bromley has advanced several tiers to seize this opportunity. The British fighter had won consecutive WBO European title bouts prior to this encounter with the unbeaten Ring magazine champion. In May of this year, he defeated Hosea Burton, and in October, he defeated Italian Luca D’Ortenzi, inflicting a fourth loss on the opponent’s record. Even before those title bouts, he engaged in a tumultuous bout with Dec Spelman, which he managed to knock down in the fourth round with a brutal left to the sternum. Still, he was pummelling until the final eight-round bell, ultimately emerging victorious 77-74 on points.
After trailing, he stopped Hosea Burton, the cousin of Tyson Fury, in seven rounds; in October, he defeated D’Ortenzi by unanimous decision. Burton, on the other hand, has since retired, and D’Ortenzi suffered his third loss in five bouts; therefore, the two victories and the caliber of competition they were contested at do not suffice to prepare one for an opponent of Opetaia’s caliber, as reflected by the current Las Vegas odds.
Opetaia vs Zorro: The Tale of the Tape
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Opetaia vs Zorro: Main Event Breakdown & Analysis
Opetaia Fight Style and How He Can Defeat Zorro
The cruiserweight can assume different stances and constantly adjust his feet to create new angles. His southpaw backhand left is exceptionally powerful and appears to impact excruciatingly.
He prefers long-range to mid-range combat, as it allows him to maintain space for his rangy strikes while applying pressure. His technique resembles Oleksandr Usyk’s appearance; however, Opetaia delivers strikes with greater force. He is quite naive, to say the least.
Although he is susceptible to blows, whenever he’s hit, the man returns fire 10x harder!
Zorro Fight Style and How He Can Defeat Opetaia.
I’d rarely proceed with such a statement, but I don’t believe there’s a world where Zorro can overcome the skill difference between himself and Opetaia. I want to suggest puncher’s chance. Even then, with a mere seven KOs on his record and the fact that he’s competed versus a significantly lower level of competition, my fellow Englishmen will trail behind on the scorecards until potential knockout surfaces.
The Best Betting Pick: Opetaia by KO/TKO [-600)
Although I sincerely hope that Zorro performs admirably on the most prestigious boxing stage of the year, this is an excessively bold and premature move. Jordan Thompson mustered the courage to do the same, resulting in a lopsided annihilation on both sides.
Zorro has fought to the wire with D’Ortenzi and Burton at the WBO European level, so facing a Ring titleholder is a significant level leap. Opetaia will probably treat Zorro like he treated Thompson, and I predict another early finish for the Aussie.
Moneyline prices on boxing fight odds tonight are desirable for this bout; however, we can lower the juice slightly by backing Opetaia for a KO victory.
Noteworthy Opetaia vs Zorro Betting Trends
- Opetaia is undefeated as a pro
- Opetaia has 18 knockouts from 23 pro bouts
- Zorro has never fought in a 12-round contest
- Zorro is taking a short-notice fight and a huge step up in competition
Ring Magazine Cruiserweight Title: The Crystal Ball
In this cruiserweight matchup, a quick rub of my crystal ball reveals that the skill difference and experience level will heavily favor Opetaia, who’ll find the finishing blow in round five.
Potential Boxing Bets from an Opetaia Round 5 KO:
- Opetaia Moneyline [-2500]
- Under 5 ½ Rounds [-115]
- Opetaia Win By KO/TKO [-600]
- Opetaia To Win In Round 5 [+700]
- Fight To Go The Distance/No [-700]