Boxing Fight: WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed that Richard Riakporhe might be one knockout win away from his first world title shot.
On Saturday night, Britain’s undefeated KO puncher will face Olanrewaju Durodola for the vacant WBC ‘Silver’ cruiserweight belt at The SSE Arena in Wembley.
Victory would move Riakporhe up the rankings, putting him in line to face current WBC king Ilunga Makabu.
When asked if Riakporhe may be in line for a world title bout, Sulaiman replied, “Absolutely.”
“Becoming a silver champion puts you right in the middle of the pack.
“The cruiserweight division has lagged a little bit.
“Makabu is defending himself against Mchunu, as is his right.”
“That fight will take place in December, and we’ll see what happens after that.”
“I believe [Makabu vs. Riakporhe] would be an excellent future match.”
Makabu was knocked out by Tony Bellew in a WBC title fight in 2016, although he went on to defeat Dmitry Kudryashov and Aleksei Papin on separate trips to Russia while fighting for the ‘Silver’ crown.
The Congolese boxer defeated Michal Cieslak on points to become the WBC champion, and he has since made one defence by defeating Riakporhe’s next opponent Durodola.
“I could literally go for a world championship shot the fight after,” Riakporhe said of his upcoming fight against Durodola, according to Sky Sports.
“I always do better when people come to fight, so expect a war.”
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