Unbeaten cruiserweight Richard Riakporhe will proceed his pursuit of a world-title alternative when he faces Fabio Turchi on the OVO Area in Wembley on June 11, stay on Sky Sports activities.
Riakporhe’s bout with the Italian is an eliminator with the winner shifting as much as No 2 within the IBF cruiserweight rankings and in place to problem champion Maris Breidis later this 12 months.
Londoner Riakporhe took his skilled document to 14-Zero with an eighth-round knockout of Deion Jumah within the capital in late March.
The 32-year-old, who has registered 10 knockout victories, not too long ago informed Sky Sports activities Information that he hopes his maiden world-title shot might be staged at Selhurst Park, the house of his beloved Crystal Palace.
Riakporhe stated: “I am able to proceed my assault on the cruiserweight division. The Midnight Practice is on an unstoppable roll and Turchi is the following man tied to the tracks in entrance of me.
“He is a superb boxer and I am anticipating a troublesome combat however nothing I can not deal with. I am popping out of this one with the win and stepping up into world title rivalry.”
Turchi ‘dedicating physique and soul’ to Riakporhe combat
Turchi has received 20 of his 21 skilled fights – 14 through knockout – together with his sole defeat coming in opposition to Tommy McCarthy on factors in 2019.
The Florence-born fighter stated: “I’m very glad to have this chance. Since I used to be a child I at all times dreamed to combat at worldwide degree and in an vital venue like this.
“I am dedicating my physique and soul to get into the most effective form and have an excellent match in opposition to Riakporhe, who I feel is a superb boxer.”
BOXXER founder and CEO Ben Shalom stated: “Richard Riakporhe has been on an unstoppable rise to world title rivalry and now he is probably only one combat away from getting his shot at gold.
“Turchi brings heavy firepower to the ring. That is Riakporhe’s hardest profession problem up to now and a win right here will make a powerful assertion about his potential to be world champion.”
Sky Sports activities’ head of boxing Adam Smith added: “I am trying ahead to seeing ‘The Midnight Practice’ Riakporhe roll again into Wembley after that glorious win over Jumah. One other huge check awaits as he faces the powerful and fashionable Turchi.”
What concerning the undercard?
Former WBO International welterweight champion Chris Kongo appears to take a step nearer in the direction of world title rivalry as he takes on Germany’s Sebastian Sebastian Formella.
Olympic gold medallist Lauren Value MBE will make her long-awaited skilled debut, virtually one 12 months on from triumphing within the middleweight division on the Tokyo 2020 Video games.
Hackney cruiserweight Viddal Riley will combat in London for the primary time in his professional profession together with his earlier 5 bouts, all of which he has received, contested throughout America, Mexico, the UAE and Manchester.
Plus, London fighters Zak Chelli and Germaine Brown will sq. off for the English Tremendous-Middleweight Title.
“The English Tremendous-Middleweight Title showdown between Zak Chelli and Germaine Brown is a combat which each and every boxing fan within the nation will probably be glued to,” stated Shalom.
“It is spectacular that they’re keen to combat one another at this stage and lay all of it on the road. Do not be shocked if it is a Battle Of The 12 months contender.
“Lastly, the skilled debut of Lauren Value. Olympic gold medalist, MBE – there aren’t many athletes in any sport who’ve these sort of credentials and we’re proud to be sharing her skilled journey and being a part of her rise to the highest.”
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