Tyson Fury is in talks to fight a cruiserweight world champion… but it’s NOT Oleksandr Usyk! Gypsy King is spotted with little-known Aussie Jai Opetaia as his manager confirms they are locked in talks for a fight later this year
- Tyson Fury is in talks to fight Aussie star Jai Opetaia
- The pair were spotted in Brisbane on Thursday night
- Fury is in Australia to support teammate Joseph Parker
Tyson Fury’s next opponent could be Jai Opetaia after the Australian’s manager confirmed that he is in talks with the Gypsy King’s team over a bout at Suncorp Stadium this year.
Fury, 34, was ringside for Joseph Parker’s first round demolition of Faiga Opelu at Margaret Court Arena on Wednesday, with the WBC champion entertaining a fight Down Under.
The British star touched down in Brisbane on Thursday after revealing that he is scouting out potential venues for a heavyweight blockbuster, after it emerged that his team have contacted Aussie heavyweight Demsey McKean.
And now Opetaiai’s manager, Mick Francis, has told the Sydney Morning Herald that he has been in talks with the Gypsy King’s camp over a fight in the Australian summer.
‘It’s a legitimate fight,’ Francis said. ‘Tyson Fury won’t get knocked out and Jai Opetaia won’t get knocked out. It’s a fight that will go the distance, it would be an absolute war.
Tyson Fury (right) is in talks to fight Jai Opetaia (centre) in a fight to be staged in Australia
The Gypsy King has talked up a fight in Australia having spent time Down Under
‘It’s all about bang for buck and you couldn’t wish for a better domestic fight.
‘Jai’s got nothing to prove in the cruiserweight division and he would take the fight in a heartbeat.
‘He spars heavyweights every day of the week because cruiserweights are too small for him, they’re not strong enough. It’s an absolute war when he and Justis [Huni] spar.’
Opetaia overcame a broken jaw to win the IBF cruiserweight world title last year and Francis insists his man will have no issue with the step up in weight class.
‘If Jai was going to have a crack at this, he would get into the ring at 98-99kg,’ Francis said.
‘He’s not a small guy, not a small heavyweight. We are talking about putting Australian boxing on the map with one of the biggest promotions this country has ever seen. People from all around the world would watch this.’
Opetaia is the IBF cruiserweight world champion after winning with a broken jaw last year
His manager says he is more than capable of fighting Fury in an ‘absolute war’
Fury was also pictured enjoying the sights in Brisbane alongside Parker and Opetaia on Thursday night, sporting a Queensland jersey ahead of their State of Origin clash with New South Wales next week.
The 34-year-old talked up the likelihood of him fighting in Australia earlier this week.
‘I’m definitely keen, it may even be my next fight, over here,’ he said.
‘I just haven’t got an opponent yet, so we’re going to figure it out. Over the next few days, we’re going to be travelling around to a few different states and looking at some potential venues for my next fight.
‘Australians are always crazy boxing fans, so it would be great to get the Gypsy King Down Under.’
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