Richard Riakporhe: British cruiserweight star agrees contract extension with BOXXER and Sky Sports | Boxing News

Richard Riakporhe signs a long-term extension with BOXXER and Sky Sports as he closes in on a world cruiserweight title opportunity.

Richard Riakporhe is signing a long-term contract extension committing his future to BOXXER and Sky Sports.

Riakporhe is on the cusp of a world title opportunity having emerged as one of the cruiserweight division’s most dangerous contenders.

The 33-year-old boasts a perfect professional record of 16-0 with 12 wins coming by way of knockout, including his fourth-round stoppage of Krzysztof Głowacki in Manchester earlier this year.

“I want all the champions, I called them out in my last fight, I’ll call them out again: (Lawrence) Okolie, (Arsen) Goulamirian, (Jai) Opetaia , I mean business this year, I’m going for gold,” Riakporhe told Sky Sports.

BOXXER CEO Ben Shalom insists there was “never any doubt” about continuing to move forward with Riakporhe amid his pursuit of a world title.

“It’s been a special journey,” Shalom said on Sky Sports. “When we first signed Richard he had been out the ring 18 months/two years, his first fight was an eight-rounder and then it’s been four back-to-back knockouts.

“It’s been frightening, explosive, it shows what activity can do to a fighter and now he’s one of the most feared cruiserweights in the country, with ambitions to move up to heavyweight as well.

“This is the year for him to win a world title. I’m very very proud of where he’s come. Now where he is in the cruiserweight, which I would say is the most feared non-champion cruiserweight.”

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