Jarvis, Opetaia can take title path after signing up for new series


Leading promoter Dean Lonergan wants to take rising NSW fighters Brock Jarvis and Jai Opetaia on the same path as former world champion Jeff Horn after signing the pair to his promotional stable ahead of a new televised boxing series beginning next weekend at the Hordern Pavilion.

Jarvis (17-0) and former Olympian Opetaia (18-0) are the showpiece additions to the National Boxing Series, which will air on Fox and feature seven rounds until November 2020. That programming will be interspersed with Horn pay-per-view fights on Main Event beginning with the Michael Zerafa rematch in December.

Brock Jarvis (left) won a tough bout against Ernesto Saulong during their ‘Battle of Bendigo’ bout.Credit:Getty

Super bantamweight Jarvis trains under Jeff Fenech in Sydney and has a touch of class about him while Opetaia, a cruiserweight from the Central Coast, has long been regarded as a boxer with enormous potential.

Lonergan believes both can challenge for world titles within four or five fights and the dream scenario would be to put them both on a card and feature it as a double-header in Sydney, Newcastle or on the Central Coast.



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