Richard Riakporhe faces “KO or nightmare” in Deion Jumah confrontation, says Johnny Nelson | boxing news


Richard Riakporhe can’t take Deion Jumah for granted when he puts his world title ambitions on the line at Wembley Arena on Saturday, say Sky Sports Boxing’s Johnny Nelson and Matthew Macklin…

Nelson: KO or nightmare for Riakporhe

Sky Sports Boxing’s Johnny Nelson…

Jumah – more fights less knockouts. Riakporhe – fewer fights more knockouts. I think a loss for Riakporhe would be more damaging than for Jumah.

During the press conference, Riakporhe tried to hint at why Jumah hasn’t really done much as a professional since 2013.

Maybe he knows more than he’s letting on. Jumah is a big talker, he’s got Gary Logan in his corner, Gary knows what he’s doing.

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Deion Jumah thinks Richard Riakporhe was forced on him after Fabio Turchi pulled out of fight

It’s a big chance for Jumah, I need to understand why he’s only had 14 fights since 2014. Personally, I think that’s him, that desire. But maybe it’s this fight that shows whether he wants it or not, because if he does, he can box a lot more than that.

Richard Riakporhe is tall, slender, he is hungry, he wants the title. Jumah, because he’s been under the radar, we don’t know enough about him, Saturday night will tell.

I think Richard Riakporhe lacks the confidence to match his abilities, I think there is more to come from him. It’s a big fight for him.

This will either be one of his sensational knockouts for him or a bigger nightmare. It’s going to be a good fight all the way.

Macklin: Jumah win wouldn’t shock me

Sky Sports Boxing’s Matthew Macklin…

You have to make Riakporhe the favorite because he had the best wins, he has the continuity and the momentum and the only thing that has tormented him a bit is this period of inactivity, but I think he is now catches up by taking care.

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Richard Riakporhe thinks his fight against Deion Jumah won’t go far as he aims to knock Jumah out in a brutal way

Like I say he has the best wins and the best resume but he can’t afford to ignore Jumah because he fought him so I don’t think he will fear him he won’t be not intimidated by him.

It’s an opportunity isn’t it, he’s 32, he must be thinking ‘wow, Christmas has arrived’. If you’re looking to jump the queue, that’s the kind of scalp he needs and he believes in himself at this point, he should roll the dice.

He doesn’t do it with pressure but with high aspirations and expectations of himself, so he’s confident. You could see it with him.

Riakporhe, a great power, he is improving all the time, but I watched him a few times, he is a bit worried, he is not the busiest. You see sometimes with power punchers that are explosive they don’t need to throw that many but he just has to be aware that he’s not looking too much for a knockout because he might make his mark it would be the biggest worry for me.

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As long as Riakporhe approaches him mentally in the right way, focused, relaxed, fired up, not trying too hard for the knockout, I think he will win the fight.

I don’t think he should win by knockout. I think if he tries to go for the knockout, he might start charging, he might start telegraphing his shots and he might get caught a little. He just has to approach it the same as any other fight, focused, relaxed, have the game plan and execute it.

I would definitely make Riakporhe the favorite, but I wouldn’t be shocked beyond belief if Jumah pulls off the upset.




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