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Undefeated world champion Jai Opetaia has welcomed Tyson Fury‘s challenge after the Gypsy King put his brother, Tommy, forward for big title fights.
Fury claims Tommy earnt $10million from the six-round bout and labelled ‘TNT’ a bonafide prizefighter. He went on to claim that his brother should be on the radar of evert cruiserweight and light heavyweight champion, given his PPV selling ability.
‘Whoever the cruiserweight world champion is WBC, WBA, whoever they are, they would be over the moon to fight Tommy for their title,’ he said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour.
An undefeated world champion has accepted the challenge of facing Tommy Fury
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‘I know who the light heavyweight champions are, Bivol and Beterbiev.
‘They’re not making the money Tommy is.
‘This game is called prizefighting … and regardless of how you get this prize, or who you have to fight to get it, the ultimate aim is to get the prize.
‘And Tommy has been doing that.’
Cruiserweight champion Opetaia has responded to the callout, insisting he’d happily step in the ring with the younger Fury.
‘You know, boxing is my job,’ Opetaia told Fox Sports. ‘It’s how I put food on the table.
‘So while Tommy Fury isn’t on my radar, if he wants to fight for a world title, sure, he can come and get it.
‘I’ll happily beat the c**p out of him and get straight back to chasing those belts.’
Opetaia said he has seen some footage of Fury fighting, and was less than impressed.
‘I’ve never watched him live, no,’ the champ continued. ‘But I’ve seen a few clips on social media.
‘And he’s not s***.
His older brother Tyson Fury claimed any world champion would want to face Tommy
Undefeated cruiserweight champion Opetaia has welcomed the challenge
‘The guy knows what he is doing and comes from a boxing family. But there are levels to this game.
‘And I’m on the world champion level, fighting for world titles. He’s still got a long way to go to get there.
‘But if he wants to have a crack, wants to come to Australia and put on a big fight, let’s do it.’
Despite the callout, Opetaia is close with the Fury family and spent time with the Gypsy King when he visited Australia last year.
He revealed that he will spend time in Fury’s camp when he prepares to face Oleksandr Usyk in his unification bout.
As soon as they reached out with the offer I said ‘OK’,’ he added.
‘It’s a huge experience to be training with the heavyweight world champion, and obviously a great opportunity to learn.
‘But I’m also keen to show them who I am, too.
‘That’s where respect is earned, in the ring.’