Boxing News: According to promoter Ben-Shalom, Richard Riakporhe is ready to explode into the world title stage after adding refined boxing abilities to his “raw force.”
The cruiserweight knockout specialist returns to action next Saturday at The SSE Arena in Wembley against Olanrewaju Durodola.
Riakporhe’s unorthodox path has already led him to an unblemished 12-0 record, with wins in 50-50 fights over British opponents Sam Hyde, , Chris Billam-Smith, and Jack Massey.
“He only turned pro at the age of 25, he took fights early, and he bulldozed through the category,” BOXXER promoter Shalom told Sky Sports.
“He didn’t box as well as he could.” He was gaining experience on the job.
“He’s learning the craft now with Angel Fernandez.” Previously, it was all about his raw power.
“What excites me about him is that he’s now learning to box – what if he can add that to his innate ability?” This is why we are so enthusiastic about him.
“He beat them with little preparation.”
Riakporhe won an eight-round decision in his return to the ring after a two-year hiatus, but he will face Durodola, a 44-fight veteran who has faced current world champions Mairis Briedis and Ilunga Makabu.
“Under normal circumstances, there would be no problem,” Shalom explained, “but Richard had been out of the ring for two years.”
“You saw that in his last battle, which was a tough one.”
“But he’s 31 now, and he’s been through the British scene.” We promised him that we would move him to the next level.
“Durodola has competed against everyone, he has challenged for world titles, he has competed against the greatest.”
“It’s going to be a tough fight, and I’ve instructed Richard to get ready for it.” He’s just been out of the ring for six weeks.
“This is a significant fight for him, and it will catapult him onto the international stage.”
“However, I believe he will take care of it.”
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