Jai Opetaia, born on June 30, 1995, is a prominent Australian professional boxer who has made significant achievements in the cruiserweight division. He has notably held the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and The Ring magazine cruiserweight titles since 2022. Opetaia’s journey in the sport of boxing began with a successful amateur career. He secured a bronze medal at the 2012 Youth World Championships and represented Australia at both the 2012 Olympics and the 2014 Commonwealth Games, showcasing his skills and dedication to boxing at the international level.
Hailing from Sydney, New South Wales, Jai Opetaia is of Samoan and European Australian heritage, making him a diverse and culturally rich athlete. He also boasts a family connection to notable sports figures, including Australian football player Tim Cahill and former rugby league player Ben Roberts.
In his amateur career, Opetaia achieved remarkable feats, including winning the Light Heavyweight title at the 2011 Junior World Championships. His exceptional talent and determination led him to qualify for the 2012 Olympics as a Heavyweight at the remarkably young age of 16, earning him the distinction of being the youngest-ever Australian Olympic boxer. Opetaia’s journey continued with a victory at the Junior World Championships in Kazakhstan in July 2011, and he demonstrated his mettle by securing a tough final win against New Zealander David Light at the Olympic qualifier in Canberra in 2012. Although he did not advance beyond the first round of the 2012 Olympics, his amateur career laid a strong foundation for his successful transition into the world of professional boxing.