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Richard Riakporhe pushing to make cruiserweight title fight with Lawrence Okolie

Riakporhe insists Okolie is not on his level and will get smoked if they meet up.

Richard Riakporhe says the size of his heart is what separates him from most, and that is something that you can’t prepare for.
Richard Riakporhe says the size of his heart is what separates him from most, and that is something that you can’t prepare for.
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British cruiserweight Richard Riakporhe (15-0, 11 KOs)says he’s ready for a shot at a world title, and already has a particular one in mind. Riakporhe tells Sky Sports he’s looking to make a title fight against WBO cruiserweight titleholder Lawrence Okolie (18-0, 14 KOs), in what would be an all-British clash. According to Riakporhe, it’s a fight that would’ve already taken place had Okolie’s handlers had been more confident in his chances.

Riakporhe would continue by saying that fighters have become to accustomed to protecting their records rather than taking chances by jumping into the best fights and letting the chips fall where they may. For his part Riakporhe says he has no issue with rolling the dice, particularly because he feels they’re loaded in his favor.

“I know what I possess and that’s why they’re not too keen on jumping in the ring with me. These guys are not on my level. That’s the truth,” Riakporhe insists. “I will smoke them. Honestly, I’m very serious about that.”

And it’s not only Riakporhe who’s looking forward to this fight, he says he’s been in touch with the folks at Crystal Palace football club and they would love to bring that fight to Selhurst Park.

“We’re going to make it happen,” Riakporhe said. “I speak to commercial heads at Palace, all of them are on board and they want to make this happen. They’re really behind it and most importantly the fans are. The fans are behind it. They want a Palace boy to win a world title.”

Riakporhe, 32, is most recently riding a three-fight knockout streak, with his most recent win being a second round stoppage of Rabio Turchi last month at Wembley Stadium.