Richard Riakporhe boxer

Richard Riakporhe boxer
6′ 5″/196cm
United Kingdom

Richard Riakporhe (born 5 January 1990) is a British professional boxer who held the British cruiserweight title from 2019 to September 2020.Born on 5 January 1990, Richard Riakporhe grew up on the Aylesbury Estate in Walworth, London. At the age of 15, he was stabbed in the chest outside a house party, requiring emergency surgery to drain his lungs of blood. Riakporhe had a late start to boxing; first stepping into a gym, the Lynn ABC, at the age of 19. Alongside boxing as an amateur he continued in pursuit of further education, studying at college and eventually moving on to Kingston University in London, earning a degree in marketing communications and advertising in 2015.Riakporhe made his professional debut on 6 August 2018, scoring a four-round points decision (PTS) victory over Jason Jones at the York Hall in London. Following a second win in 2016 – a technical knockout (TKO) over Aaron Lacy in October – he scored three consecutive TKO victories in 2017; against Istvan Orsos in February; Milan Cechvala in May; and Jiri Svacina in October.He began 2018 with a TKO victory over Adam Williams in March, followed by a win via corner retirement (RTD) against Elvis Dube in July. Riakporhe's final fight of 2018 was against Sam Hyde on 10 November at the Manchester Arena, with the vacant WBA Inter-Continental cruiserweight title on the line. Riakporhe won via eighth-round TKO after Hyde's trainer, Joe Gallagher, threw in the towel after Hyde sustained an eye injury from a right hook. Riakporhe was behind on all three judges' scorecards at the time of the stoppage, with two judges scoring the bout 68–65 while the third scored it 67–66. The fight was televised live on Sky Sports Box Office in the United Kingdom and streamed through DAZN in the United States as part of the undercard of Oleksandr Usyk vs. Tony Bellew.The first defence of his WBA title came on 2 March 2019 against Tommy McCarthy at the East of England Arena in Peterborough. Riakporhe dropped his opponent twice en route to a fourth-round TKO. He defended the title for a second time against Chris Billam-Smith on 20 July at The O2 Arena, London. Riakporhe won by split decision (SD), with two judges scoring the bout in favour of Riakporhe at 97–92 and 95–94, while the third scored it to Smith at 96–93. The fight was televised live on Sky Sports Box Office in the United Kingdom and streamed through DAZN in the United States as part of the undercard for Dillian Whyte vs. Óscar Rivas. Riakporhe was scheduled to face Jack Massey on December 19, 2019, for the vacant British cruiserweight title. He won the fight by unanimous decision, with scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 117-111.Riakporhe returned from a near two year layoff to face Krzysztof Twardowski on October 2, 2021, in his first non-title bout since July 28, 2018. He won the fight by unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring the fight 79-72. A month later, Riakporhe beat Olanrewaju Durodola by a fifth-round technical knockout to capture the vacant WBC Silver cruiserweight title.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Result
2021-11-20 Olanrewaju Durodola WWWLWW Wembley Arena, Wembley WIN
Technical knockout
2021-10-02 Krzysztof Twardowski WLWWWW Wembley Arena, Wembley WIN
2019-12-19 Jack Massey WWWWWW York Hall, Bethnal Green
2019-07-20 Chris Billam-Smith WWWWWW O2 Arena, Greenwich WIN
2019-03-02 Tommy McCarthy WLWWWW East of England Arena, Peterborough WIN
Technical knockout
2018-11-10 Sam Hyde WWWWWW Manchester Arena, Manchester WIN
Technical knockout
2018-07-28 Elvis Dube LLLLLL O2 Arena, Greenwich WIN
Corner retirement
2017-10-14 Jiri Svacina LLLLLL York Hall, Bethnal Green WIN
Technical knockout
2017-02-18 Istvan Orsos WWWLLL York Hall, Bethnal Green WIN
Technical knockout