Boxing News: “We’ve come to put in the time and effort necessary to earn these championships. All we want is to rule the globe!” Richard Riakporhe issues a warning to his cruiserweight opponents ahead of their upcoming battle on October 2 at the SSE Arena in Wembley.
On his return to the cruiserweight class, Richard Riakporhe aims to achieve ‘global dominance,’ claiming that he could knock out his next opponent in the ‘first second.’
On October 2, the unbeaten challenger will face Krzysztof Twardowski at the Eubank Jr vs Elbir event at The SSE Arena, Wembley.
Riakporhe was forced to retire from the ring due to a major hand injury, just as he was on the verge of a world title shot after victories over Chris Billam-Smith and Tommy McCarthy.
Riakporhe told Sky Sports News, “My stock has gone raised since the men [previous opponents] have gone on to battle for European crowns and win.”
“Chris Billam-Smith and Tommy McCarthy,” says the narrator. It simply displays the levels.
“Now everyone is wondering where Richard Riakporhe is. Thousands of messages have been sent to me via social media, and they all want to know what’s going on.
“They believed I’d retired, but myself and [trainer] Angel Fernandez at Loughborough University are working in silence, and we just want to leave our mark.”
“We’re not here to make numbers up; we’re here to work hard and earn these championships.” All we want is to rule the world.”
On September 25, British rival Lawrence Okolie defends his WBO title against Dilan Prasovic at Tottenham Hotspur, on the same programme as Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk.
Riakporhe is ready to take his career to the next level after joining new promotional team Boxxer, and his first goal is to defeat Twardowski in a brutal manner next month.
“I’m not sure if I’m going to knock him out right away or just go the distance and get my ring rust out of the window,” Riakporhe said.
“I’m not sure, but you can count on it being explosive if you’re dealing with me.” It’s as basic as that: I train to knock people out.
“In 12-18 months, I want to be the world unified champion.”
“It’s a hefty ask, but I’m confident I can handle it.” I’m confident I can do it since I’m undefeated in 11 battles against the British. In the cruiserweight division, I’ve defeated four of the top ten fighters.”
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