Richard Riakporhe looks like business as he promises to punish Fabio Turchi with ‘natural power’ | boxing news


Richard Riakporhe cut an imposing and sensible figure as he watched Fabio Turchi for the last time ahead of their heavyweight title eliminator at Wembley Arena on Saturday night.

With a world title fight at the end of the year, Riakporhe came in exactly at the 14th weight limit of 4lbs while his Italian opponent was just inside at 14th 3lbs 5oz in the middle of his own championship pursuit.

The 32-year-old is yet to be beaten in his professional career after taking his record to 14-0 with a hard eighth-round stoppage by Deion Jumah, while Turchi’s only loss in his 21-fight record is occurred in October 2019 against Tommy. McCarthy, who was stopped by Riakporhe in the fourth round of their March 2019 clash.

“I feel really good, now the plan is to go to Nando’s so I’m just waiting for my black card, excited,” Riakporhe said. “The midnight train is coming, the preparation has been excellent, I’m confident, I’m hungry.

“He (Turchi) has to be on point for this fight, any mistakes he’s going to get punished for and that’s real power, you get different kinds of power. You get people trying to load up and all that but it’s a real natural power, very explosive, that’s why people come to look at me.

“I’ve had two back-to-back camps with left-handed sparring partners, so I think it’s actually perfect for me.

“I’m the best. It’s as simple as that.”

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Germaine Brown says he will knock out Zak Chelli on Saturday night but Chelli says his opponent will wake up and apologize after the fight.

Zak Chelli (12th), who recently quit his teaching job, and Germaine Brown (11th 15lbs) delivered a chilling showdown as the two promised knockout finishes to what teases the nighttime potential fight as as the pair battle for the English Super Middleweight Title.

In response to Brown’s suggestion that he would be on the back foot, Chelli said: “I’m not going to be on the back foot, he’s going to be on the floor. I didn’t think much of him as an amateur , let’s see what he has as a pro.”

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Lauren Price says she will thrive on her nerves as she makes her professional debut on Saturday night at Wembley Arena.

Tokyo Olympic middleweight gold medalist Lauren Price weighed in at 10lbs 5lbs 5oz before her professional debut against Iceland’s Valgerdur Gudstensdottir (10lbs 3lbs).

“I can’t wait to go now, I just can’t wait to make the trip, you only have one pro start,” Price said.

Chris Kongo (10st 6lbs) faces the toughest test of his rise to date as he takes on Sebastian Formella (10st 6lbs 5oz) for the WBC International Silver Welterweight Championship, the German having already come through the distance with Conor Benn and Shawn Porter.

“Strictly professional, I’m always in good shape, we work smart and we’ll do business for sure. I can’t wait to show you what I can do,” Kongo said.

“He boxed Conor Benn, Shawn Porter, but he didn’t box Chris Kongo. We’re going to the top of the world and Saturday is the start of that.

Undefeated cruiserweight Viddal Riley meanwhile came in at 14th 1lb as he prepares to make his London debut against serving soldier Jone Volau (14th 1lb 5oz).

Richard Riakporhe takes on Fabio Turchi in the IBF cruiserweight title eliminator on a Wembley Arena bill, including Lauren Price and Chris Kongo’s professional debut against Sebastian Formella on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.




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