UFC superstar Robert Whittaker is in talks with newly crowned heavyweight boxing world champion Jai Opetaia for a cross-match.
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After dethroning former IBF cruiser weightlifter Mairis Briedis earlier this month, Opetaia is aiming for a bout with fellow Australian athlete.
Dean Lonergan, manager of Opetaia, confirmed that they are in talks with Whittaker and hope to hold the event in Q1 2023.
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“Yes, I’ve had some talks with Rob Whittaker’s manager and he’s very open to that,” Lonergan told the Daily Telegraph.
“It will be the biggest fight we can take in Australia from a pay-per-view, publicity and reputation standpoint.
“Jai is currently Australia’s only boxing world champion and Rob is a UFC star who is recognized as one of the toughest fighters the world has ever seen, so it’s a very interesting fight. .
“They’ve fought in the past and if the finances are right for both of them, Whittaker’s management indicated that Rob would certainly be interested in that.” (transcribed by Daily Mail)
Whittaker wants to challenge Israel Adesanya for the title again
The former middleweight champion last entered the cage for a rematch with reigning 185 lb champion Israel Adesanya at UFC 271 in February. Their standout match went all the way with Adesanya adding another successful title defense to his record.
Whittaker will face Marvin Vettori in the launch event of his promotion in France at UFC Paris on September 3. He will need to complete the remaining two fights on his current UFC contract before he can get the job. cross-court matches can be performed.
In another interview last month, 31-year-old Sportsmail talked about his ambition to win back the gold medal and give Adesanya her first defeat in middleweight.
“My goal was obviously to have that fight with Israel, to try to get that belt back, especially with the way our second war ended,” Whittaker said. “The plan is simple: beat everyone in front of me and eventually they will run out of men and he will have to fight me. I feel it is inevitable if we continue the journey.
“I am a hunter and I want it. He saw after that last fight that I wanted it, I would come for it, I wouldn’t stop until I got it and that was scary. “
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