Richard Riakporhe could be one knock out win away from being first world title chance, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman has confirmed.
Great Britain’s undefeated KO puncher will battle Olanrewaju Durodola for the vacant WBC ‘Silver’ cruiserweight belt in the SSE Arena, Wembley on Saturday night, live on Air sports.
Victory would propel Riakporhe forward up the rankings, liner up a possible chance of current WBC King Ilunga Makabu.
Wanted of Riakporhe could be? in twist for An world title fight, Sulaiman told Sky Sports: “Absolutely.
“If you become a silver champion, that’s where you’ll end up in the line.
“The cruiserweight division has been a bit behind.
“Makabu makes his mandatory defense” against mchunu.
“Which fight will happen in December and then we’ll see what happens.
“I think [Makabu vs Riakporhe] would be great match for the future.”
Makabu was beaten out by Tony Bellew in a WBC title fight in 2016, but then defeated Dmitry Kudryashov and Aleksei Papin on consecutive trips to Russia while fighting for the silver’ belt.
Congolese fighter defeated Michal Cieslak on points to become WBC champion and has since made one defense by stopping Riakporhe’s prospective opponent Durodola.
Riakporhe told Sky Sports over to be next fight against Durodola: “I could literally go” for An world title shot the fight after.
“Expect a war, and when? people come to fight, I always perform better.”
Sky Sports Boxing schedule
November 20 – BOXXER in London
Richard Riakporhe vs Olanrewaju Durodola
Caroline Dubois professional debut
Florian Marku vs Jorick Luisetto
Hosea Burton vs Dan Azeez – British light-heavyweight title
November 20 – Top position in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter – WBO Welterweight Title
December 11 – BOXXER in Cardiff
Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Williams
Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin
December 11 – Top position in New York
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Richard Commey
Jared Anderson vs Oleksandr Teslenko
Nico Ali Walsh
December 17 – Top position in Montreal
Arthur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne – IBF and WBC light-heavyweight titles
February 26 – Top position in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – Undisputed super-lightweight title
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