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  • Mairis Briedis vs Jai Opetaia tips for Saturday, July 2
  • Fight is taking place at Gold Coast Convention Centre in Australia
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    Mairis Briedis vs Jai Opetaia Predictions & Tips
  • Mairis Briedis vs Jai Opetaia Predictions & Tips
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Mairis Briedis vs Jai Opetaia Predictions & Tips


Mairis Briedis is backed to retain his world cruiserweight titles.

Challenger Jai Opetaia boasts a perfect record but this is a massive step up for the Australian fighter.

Briedis has been in there with the best of the best at cruiserweight and is tipped to show his class.

  • Mairis Briedis is a two-time world cruiserweight champion
  • Mairis Briedis is 5-1 in world title fights in his career
  • Mairis Briedis’s only loss came to Oleksandr Usyk (majority decision)
  • 6 of Mairis Briedis last 8 fights have gone the distance

Mairis Briedis Form


Mairis Briedis has rebounded from the sole defeat of his career to become a world champion for the second time.

The 37-year-old became the first Latvian to become a world champion when he beat Marco Huck by decision to win the vacant WBC cruiserweight title in April 2017.

He lost that belt in January 2018 when he dropped a decision to Oleksandr Usyk in the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series.

That was the first defeat of Briedis’ professional career, but he has bounced back since then.

He earned a decision win over Brandon Deslaurier before entering the World Boxing Super Series for the second time.

The Latvian bested Noel Gevor over 12 rounds in the quarter-finals and then knocked out Krzysztof Glowacki in the third round in the semi-finals to win the WBO belt.

Briedis then won the tournament and claimed the IBF and Ring Magazine titles with a majority decision win against Yuniel Dorticos.

In his first defence of the IBF and Ring titles, and in his only outing of 2021, Briedis stopped Artur Mann in the third round.

That victory took his professional record to 28-1, with 20 of his victories coming via stoppage.

Jai Opetaia Form


Former Olympian Jai Opetaia has compiled a perfect 21-0 record to land his first world title fight.

The 26-year-old Australian turned professional in the summer of 2015 and quickly began collecting regional and minor titles.

All 21 of his fights have taken place Down Under, where he has held Asia and Oceania titles.

Opetaia fought three times in 2019 to continue his climb up the cruiserweight ladder.

He stopped Navosa Ioata in the eighth round before registering a decision win over Nikolas Charalampous.

The Australian cruiserweight then stopped Mark Flanagan in the eighth round to cap off a successful year.

He has been much less active since then though, fighting just once in each of the past two years.

Opetaia stopped Benjamin Kelleher in the sixth round in October 2020 before taking out Daniel Russell inside three rounds last December.

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Where is Mairis Briedis vs Jai Opetaia taking place?

Mairis Briedis vs Jai Opetaia is taking place at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Queensland, Australia on Saturday, July 2.

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Verdict

Mairis Briedis has been competing at the highest level at cruiserweight for several years.

Jai Opetaia is yet to face an elite fighter at this weight, so we are siding with Briedis for this one.

Best Bet: Mairis Briedis Winner @4/11 at Ladbrokes Australia - 4 Units
Value Bet: Briedis by Decision Method Of Victory @15/8 at Ladbrokes Australia - 2 Units
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