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Jai Opetaia leaves opponent sprawled against the ropes after ‘devastating and scary’ first-round one-punch KO


Jai Opetaia proved why he is considered the number one ranked cruiserweight in the world.

On Saturday night, the Australian came up against Britain’s Ellis Zorro and he finished the contest in emphatic fashion early on.

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Opetaia left his opponent on the canvas before the end of round oneCredit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom

Going into the clash, Opetaia was an overwhelming favourite and it showed on fight night, as he scored a first round KO.

Coming towards the end of the opening round, Opetaia threw a feint to the body followed by a looping left hook that caught Zorro on the chin.

Zorro immediately fell backwards and smacked his head on the canvas, as he lay sprawled against the ropes.

There was no chance of him returning to his feet and so the referee waved off the bout, handing the victory to Opetaia.

Zorro was given a stark reminder that there are levels to the sport of boxing

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Zorro was given a stark reminder that there are levels to the sport of boxingCredit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom

“Devastating and scary” was how commentator Sergio Mora described the knockout punch.

While co-commentator Mike Costello added: “At any weight, at any level that’s as clinical as it gets in this sport.”

Before he continued by saying: “He dismissed Zorro with the minimum of fuss and the maximum of power.”

In his post fight interview, Opetaia had this to say: “I train for twelve rounds and if the knockout comes, it comes.

Opetaia does not currently hold one of the four major recognised world titles, but he is the Ring champion at cruiserweight

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Opetaia does not currently hold one of the four major recognised world titles, but he is the Ring champion at cruiserweightCredit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom

“He was very hesitant and wasn’t engaging in much, but he got clipped and that’s how it goes.

“I’m pumped, first round knockout and now I’m ready for the next fight.”

Despite Opetaia having established himself as the best cruiserweight on the planet he is not currently a world champion.

Prior to this fight he was stripped of his title by the IBF in a controversial decision from the governing body, but there is no doubt that Opetaia will reign as a world champion once again soon.

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