Dean Lonergan's statement on Court decision. No knockout blow Friday's decision in the Supreme Court at Brisbane was no knockout blow for Opetaia. At best it was a Pyrrhic victory, a victory that inflicts such a devastating toll on the victor that it is tantamount to defeat. D & L Events sought an interlocutory injunction against Jai Opetaia to prevent him from terminating their promotion agreement. Although the Court found the balance of convenience sat with Opetaia the second and more important orders that D & L sought were made. They are to the effect that the dispute is to continue expeditiously with D & L Events to file their statement of claim by 24 March 2023. The decision yesterday was not final. The matter has a long way to go in the Court. Mr Tim Matthews MBE KC appearing for D & L said that his client will be proceeding with the litigation as ordered in an expeditious manner given the circumstances of urgency to minimise damage to Opetaia continuing to run foul of International Boxing Federation rules. Mr Lonergan of D & L described it as a Pyrrhic victory as included in the evidence before the Court was correspondence to both D & L and Michael Francis, the long-time manager and friend of Opetaia, from Daryl J Peoples, the president of the IBF, which confirmed that continuation of the dispute which the Court has ordered will render Jai Opetaia unavailable. The wording in the IBF correspondence was unambiguous. Whether Opetaia signs with another promoter or not, pursuant to IBF Rules, until his contractual dispute with D & L is resolved he will be considered unavailable to defend his title. He will be considered unavailable for the mandatory defence of his world title, and remains at risk under IBF Rule 5.D.1 (b) of having recognition of his title withdrawn.