Richard Riakporhe believes fellow Brit Chris Billam-Smith isn’t on his level ahead of their bout at London’s O2 on July 20. The undefeated British pair were added to the Dillian Whyte-Oscar Rivas undercard on Friday as they look to bolster their reputation in the cruiserweight division.
The winner will boost their chances of earning a shot at British champion Lawrence Okolie in the near future. Riakporhe, who impressed when brutally stopping Sam Hyde in November, is predicting another easy victory this summer. “I’m so excited. I just can’t wait to get in there and get to work.
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I’ve got tons of potential and fight after fight I’m learning new things,” said Riakporhe. “This is pretty much the beginning and it’s just a matter of time before people realise that I’m the truth. “He [Billam-Smith] brings good boxing skill, he’s got a good coach in his corner, but once that bell rings he’s going to understand that there’s different levels of fighting.
I don’t think he has been up against an opponent like me. “All my fights and history shows that I have abnormal power and that’s likely to bring issues when we fight for sure, but we’re not only going to rely on that. We’re going to outbox him and beat him in every single department.”