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sport news Jai Opetaia wants to fight Oleksandr Usyk after world title bout and believes ... trends now

Jai Opetaia is considered one of the greatest rising forces in world boxing, but the Aussie doesn't want to just inherit Oleksandr Usyk's legacy in the ring, he wants to take it from him in the ring. 

Opetaia is possibly the best cruiserweight in the world today while Usyk is a multiple world champion across both the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions.

The Australian will rematch Mairis Briedis in an IBF world title fight on the undercard of the Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk heavyweight championship clash on Sunday [AEST].

With recent defeats of Tim Tszyu and Jason Moloney, no Australian male currently holds a world championship belt from boxing's four major sanctioning bodies.

Opetaia hopes to change that and aims to unify the cruiserweight titles.

But his burning desire remains to fight Usyk, who was the undisputed champion of the division.

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Aussie Jai Opetaia is regarded as one of the best cruiserweight fighters in the world today

Aussie Jai Opetaia is regarded as one of the best cruiserweight fighters in the world today

Opetaia will fight on the undercard of the clash between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk

Opetaia will fight on the undercard of the clash between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk

Opetaia, left, will rematch  Mairis Briedis in an IBF world title fight after the Aussie won their previous fight two years ago with a broken jaw

Opetaia, left, will rematch  Mairis Briedis in an IBF world title fight after the Aussie won their previous fight two years ago with a broken jaw 

'I would love to fight Usyk,' Opetaia told Sky Sports. 

'I've watched Usyk for a long time. I was 17 at the Olympics in London in 2012 when he won. 

'I've always been close, and now I'm rolling into my prime.'

'I'm not a little kid anymore. Now they know. I'm on their radar. It's a good feeling. He's always been the top seed, so to fight him - I would love that.'

The rematch with Briedis is expected to be tough. The first fight was brutal; Opetaia defeated Briedis despite breaking his jaw.

'I'm expecting a hard fight, 12 rounds of war,' he said. 'If I have to break my jaw again, so be it. This is what it takes.'

His grit and skill led Tyson Fury to bring Opetaia in as a sparring partner to prepare for Usyk.

'It was good adapting to a

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