Boxing Fight: Prior to the emergence of Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in their division, Richard Riakporhe and Olanrewaju Durodola both threatened to earn a world title bout in a destructive fashion.
On Saturday night’s BOXXER programme at The SSE Arena, Wembley, Riakporhe takes on Durodola for the WBC’silver’ cruiserweight championship, with the winner lining up a world title fight.
‘Canelo’ has been given a battle against Ilunga Makabu, the current WBC cruiserweight champion, and Riakporhe is ecstatic about the Mexican star’s debut into his weight class.
“There’s a huge opportunity,” Riakporhe said during the last press conference.
“I’m sure everyone is aware of what’s going on with the WBC in the cruiserweight class right now. Canelo is on his way to take on Makabu.
“There’s so much at stake. It’s very intriguing. I’m just overjoyed to be here. “This is something I’ve always wanted to do, and I deserve to be here.”
“We’ve received a communication from Mauricio Sulaiman just yesterday, telling us there are tremendous opportunities for you Richard,” the British candidate said of being contacted by the WBC president.
“Right now, there’s so much to fight for.”
Riakporhe, known for his destructive punches, predicted: “A win by whatever means necessary.” I feel we can pull off the knockout, but we’ll have to wait and see.
“When an opportunity presents itself, we will seize it.”
Durodola also boasts a hefty knockout tally and has stated that he will resurrect his world title hopes following a stoppage loss to Makabu.
“Richard is a good boxer and a young potential,” Durodola remarked. “But I’m sure he’s never battled somebody like me before.
“Last year, I battled for the world title against Makabu, but I lost. This is a perfect opportunity for me to exact my revenge on Makabu, therefore this battle means a lot to me, and I’m sure it means a lot to him as well.
“Saturday night’s fight will be really thrilling, so don’t blink, stay watching.”
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