Richard Riakporhe says training alongside Anthony Joshua gave him extra motivation ahead of his London showdown with Deion Jumah.
Riakporhe are set to face fellow Londoner Jumah at Wembley Arena on March 26, with one of the unbeaten duos certain to lose their perfect record, live on sky sports.
In July last year, Riakporhe teamed up with trainer Angel Fernandez, who has been part of two-time world heavyweight champion Joshua’s coaching staff for three years.
Riakporhe has already extended his unbeaten record to 13-0 (with nine knockouts) under Fernandez’s tutelage and is looking to emulate Joshua as he fights his way to world title glory early in his career.
“It was absolutely amazing,” said Riakporhe Sky Sports News. “You have AJ in camp, I get a lot of advice. He told me about things he’s been through and things I need to be careful of.
“Seeing him and what he has achieved, having him around me is also more motivating for me.
“We want to achieve at least half of what he has achieved and that keeps the hunger and energy going, and he feeds off of that at the same time because he sees us going up and remembers those days when he was going up. , so wants to step up his game.”
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Having become British heavyweight champion in 2019, Riakporhe has his sights set on a challenge for the world title, which he is likely aiming for in 2023.
“It’s a few fights away,” Riakporhe said.
When asked if there was anyone in particular he wanted to face, Riakporhe replied: “Anyone, there are a lot of names out there and we fancy our chances against everything. the world.”
The Boxxer card at Wembley Arena is brimming with young talent, with Olympian Caroline Dubois set to make her second professional appearance, while super flyweight prospect Shannon Ryan makes her professional debut.
Undefeated lightweight Dan Azeez makes his first appearance since signing with Boxxer, while Adam Azim is back in action after an electrifying performance in Manchester last month.