Jai Opetaia vs Mairis Briedis, how to watch, start time, live stream, full card

Undefeated Australian boxer Jai Opetaia is confident that he has the skills to take out IBF and Ring Magazine cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis in their title bout tomorrow night on the Gold Coast.

“I believe I can match it with him when it matters, definitely,” Opetaia told reporters after the weigh-in.

“Obviously he’s had some great fighters and he’s had a great legacy.

“But I truly believe his legacy ends here and mine begins.”

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The Queensland southpaw, who was the youngest ever to represent his country in boxing at an Olympic Games, thinks the difference between himself and the previous challengers vanquished by Briedis is his fighting style.

“He definitely hasn’t fought a boxer like myself, I believe,” Opetaia told Nine’s WWOS.

“He’s fought some great fighters, but he’s been at the top because he’s been the only cruiserweight with some decent movement and a bit of hand movement. All the other ones are just power punchers.

“He got out-boxed by (Oleksander) Usyk (in his only professional loss), but all the other ones were heavy hitters, they were power punchers.

“But that’s not our game plan. We play the game, it’s a chess match in there.”

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In the co-main event, fan favorite Issac Hardman – who is looking to bounce back following his first career loss at the hands of Michael Zerafa in April – will face off against fellow middleweight Beau Hartas in what is sure to be an interesting battle.

Both fighters have been friendly in the build up to the fight, however, have promised that any friendship between the two will be put on hold once they step into the ring.

“Just here to punch each other’s head in and have a few cold ones after,” Hartas said after his weigh-in.

“He beat me to the punch, I was going to bring a VB for us to share. He’s got the (VB) budgy smugglers out. Tomorrow we’ll share one (after the fight),” Hardman agreed.

The rest of the card will feature six intriguing bouts, including AFLW superstar Taylah Robertson’s return to boxing.

WHEN DOES IT START

The first fight begins at 6pm, with the pay-per-view card set to begin at 7pm.

The main event title bout between IBF and Ring Magazine cruiserweight champion Mairis Briedis and Aussie challenger Jai Opetaia is expected to start at or around 10.30pm.

HOW TO WATCH

Undercard: Watch the preliminary bouts LIVE with Fox Sports, on Channel 503, or on Kayo. New to Kayo? Start Your Free Trial >

Pay-per-view Card: Watch Mairis Briedis vs Jai Opetaia LIVE on Main Event available on Kayo & Foxtel, Saturday 2nd July from 7pm AEST. ORDER NOW>

WHERE IS IT

The event will take place at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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MAIRIS BRIEDIS VS JAI OPETAIA TALE OF THE TAPE

Mairis Briedis

Age: 37

Record: 28-1-0 (20 KOs)

Height: 186cm

Reach: 190cm

Jai Opetaia

Age: 27

Record: 21-0-0 (17 KOs)

Height: 191cm

Reach: 193cm

FULL FIGHT CARD

Mairis Briedis vs Jai Opetaia – for the IBF and Ring Magazine cruiserweight world titles

Issac Hardman vs Beau Hartas – middleweight

Dana Coolwell vs Lorenz Ladrada – featherweight

Taylah Robertson vs. Yoselin Rodriguez – super-flyweight

Faris Chevalier vs Conor Wallace – light-heavyweight

Joel Camilleri vs Koen Mazoudier – super-welterweight

David Nyika vs Louis Marsters – cruiserweight

Miles Zalewski vs Shiva Mishra – featherweight

ODDS

Courtesy of TAB

Briedis $1.55 Opetaia $2.40

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