Richard Riakporhe energized by Crystal Palace run to FA Cup semi-finals ahead of Saturday night fight

Richard Riakporhe will be hoping he can replicate the form of his favorite football team, Crystal Palace, when he takes on Deion Jumah on Saturday night.

The national heavyweight clash between Riakporhe and Jumah will take place at Wembley Arena, the same venue as Riakporhe’s previous two contests.

Riakporhe knocked out Olanrewaju Durodola in his last fight at Wembley Arena

In an interview with Sky Sports, Riakporhe revealed how much it means to him to represent Palace, who reached the FA Cup semi-finals at the weekend, and South London in the boxing ring.

Riakporhe said: “Being a Palace fan is a source of pride and joy for us as we come from South London. We grew up there and we know how hard it is growing up there, trying to do something with your life.

“Representing the club and having the logo on my shorts when I box is very important. I’m not just boxing for myself now, I’m showing the world that’s the pride of South London.

“We beat Everton 4-0 and my prediction was 3-1. We are in the semi-finals and Patrick Vieira is doing a hell of a job.

“The team is amazing and it’s so important to us. The momentum is there and we are a threat to any team.

Riakporhe is undefeated in 13 professional fights so far, with nine of his wins by knockout and he has won a few belts along the way, the most notable being the British title.

Richard Riakporhe energized by Crystal Palace run to FA Cup semi-finals ahead of Saturday night fight
Palace booked their place in the semi-finals with a 4-0 thrashing of Everton at Selhurst Park

The national heavyweight scene is currently brimming with talent, including Chris Billam-Smith, Mikael Lawal and Isaac Chamberlain.

Since signing with BOXXER last year, Riakporhe has started to regain some momentum in his career and if he wins on Saturday night it will see him step away from the home crowd and potentially push for European honors or even global.

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