Jai Opetaia might be one of the best fighters in the world but he enjoys living life under the radar. Although he’s widely considered as the best cruiserweight around, he no longer has the championship hardware to back it up.

While he was ultimately stripped of his IBF title for skipping out on his mandatory challenger, Mairis Briedis, Opetaia isn’t letting his depleted belt collection keep him down. In just a few short hours, he’ll take on Ellis Zorro.

Keeping his focus isn’t incredibly difficult, but Opetaia (23-0, 18 KOs) admitted that the jam-packed card, which is headlined by Anthony Joshua vs. Otto Wallin, has one particular fighter featured on it that he enjoys watching.

“Bivol,” said Opetaia to FightHype.com when asked to give his opinion on which fighter he’s looking forward to watching. “I got a lot of respect for Bivol. He’s probably one of my favorite fighters at the moment.”

After putting together the best year of his career, wins over Canelo Alvarez and Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez may have boosted his stock, but Bivol (21-0, 11 KOs) spent most of his year sequestered on the sidelines. He’ll finally end his stretch of inactivity when he takes on Lyndon Arthur later tonight.

Both Bivol and Opetaia, unsurprisingly, are focused on the task at hand but the former cruiserweight champ recently revealed that behind the scenes, he had a one-on-one with the current WBA light heavyweight champ.

As the two broke bread and drank champagne, Opetaia gave fans some inside information on what took place during their conclaves, including discussions on a possible showdown.

“We actually went out to dinner the other night and he said he wanted to see that fight with me and him further down the track. That’s a fight I would love to have. The best of the cruiserweights vs. the best of the light heavies.”