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RICHARD RIAKPORHE

Cruiser Weight

W17

HOMETOWN

  • London, United Kingdom

KO 13

STANCE

Orthodox

L 0

AGE

34

D 0

HEIGHT

6′ 5″
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About


Richard Riakporhe is not just a name; it’s a force to be reckoned with in the world of boxing. Born on 5 January 1990 in London, England, to Nigerian parents, Riakporhe has carved his path from the tough streets of Walworth to the dazzling lights of the boxing ring.

Growing up on the Aylesbury Estate, Riakporhe faced adversity early on. At the tender age of 15, he stared death in the face when he was stabbed in the chest outside a house party. But Riakporhe’s fighting spirit refused to be dimmed. With emergency surgery to drain his lungs of blood, he survived to tell the tale.

Riakporhe’s journey into boxing didn’t begin until he was 19, when he stepped into the Lynn ABC gym. Despite his late start, he quickly made up for lost time. Balancing his passion for the sport with his pursuit of education, Riakporhe studied marketing communications and advertising at Kingston University, earning his degree in 2015.

But it’s inside the ring where Riakporhe truly shines. Making his professional debut on 6 August 2016, he embarked on a relentless winning streak. With an impressive 17 fights, he boasts a flawless record, with 13 wins by knockout.

Riakporhe’s ascent to the top of the cruiserweight division has been nothing short of spectacular. From claiming the British cruiserweight title in 2019 to capturing the vacant WBC Silver cruiserweight title in 2021, he has left a trail of defeated opponents in his wake.

His upcoming bout against Chris Billam-Smith for the WBO cruiserweight title at Selhurst Park in London on June 15, 2024, promises to be his biggest challenge yet. But if Riakporhe’s past performances are anything to go by, he’s more than ready to seize the opportunity and etch his name in boxing history.

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