Richard Riakporhe in confident mood ahead of cruiserweight clash with Krzysztof Glowacki Boxing News

Richard Riakpora has no doubts he will emerge victorious against Krzysztof Glowacki this weekend, moving him closer to a much-coveted cruiserweight world title shot.

Despite a limited amateur pedigree, Riakporhe has had an unblemished start to his professional career, knocking out 11 opponents in 15 victories.

Wins over domestic rivals including Chris Blumsmith, Jake Massey and Dion Juma have boosted him up the rankings.

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Richard Riakpora says he wants to be the star of the show on the undercard of Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith.

The 33-year-old knows another statement victory over Glowacki on Eubank v. Smith Bill, Live on Sky Sports Box Officewill put him on the brink of challenging for the world title.

When asked what he expected to deliver on Saturday, Riakporhe said Sky Sports: “Pain! That’s it. It’ll be pain for Glowacki, I assure you!”

“He’s definitely a threat. We’re talking about a guy who’s a former two-time cruiserweight world champion. He’s no slouch.

Richard Riakpora closes in on world title shot (Photo: Karen Cleves/PA Archive/PA Images)
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Riakporhe recognizes the importance of this weekend’s fight against Glowacki.

“I know about Polish fighters, they are very strong, they come to fight. I imagine myself fighting a very good Glowacki. I have to make sure that I can beat the best Glowacki. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

“I think winning is the most important thing, but we want to win spectacularly and that’s why we train in a certain way.

“I’m feeling good, looking great, explosive, ready to put on a big, big performance.”

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Riakporhe says the undercard fight against Krzysztof Glowacki should be the final test before he gets a shot at a world title.

A difficult childhood saw Riakporhe grow up on the notorious Aylesbury council estate in south-east London and was nearly stabbed to death outside a nightclub aged just 15.

This prompted him to take up boxing in an attempt to turn his life around and, starting his professional career with little fanfare, he then lined himself up to fight one of the world champions. Significant progress has been made to erect

“I think 2023 is going to be something very special, something unimaginable because the way I’m positioned, my whole life can change in a couple of fights,” he said.

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Riakporhe stopped Fabio Turchi in the second round in his last fight.

“I’m going to be in a position that’s going to be unbelievable by the end of the year. This is my year! It’s going to happen. Why? Because I’m doing everything I need to do to get there. Is.

“I’m preparing hard. My mind is right. I’m making a lot of sacrifices and one thing I know in this game, is you get out what you put in.

“It’s been a long journey. Every fight and every situation has led me to where I am now. I believe I’m destined for greatness, I’m destined to go to a place that people believe in. That is not possible.”

One man who has beaten Glowacki is Lawrence Okolie, who held off the poll back in 2021 to claim the vacant WBO belt.

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Okoli made his second defense of the WBO title in his most recent fight against Michal Cieslak.

Other title holders in the cruiserweight division include WBA super champion Arsen Golmerian and WBC champion Ilonga Makabo, while Jai Opatija holds the IBF belt after an upset against Myers Bredes last year.

However, Riakporhe has long been linked with a big British showdown against Okoli, who is set to return in a mandatory defense of his title against unbeaten New Zealander David Light.

Should the two remain unbeaten in their next encounter, Rayakpure will relish the prospect of finally settling the score with their tough opponent.

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Riakporhe says he would love an all-British clash against Lawrence Okoli in front of his loyal Crystal Palace fans.

“It’s probably the biggest cruiserweight fight in British boxing history. It’s very exciting. There’s a lot to fight for,” he claimed.

“So I think it’s just destiny. I’m destined to win in a big way on Saturday and have all these big fights.

“It’s just amazing to be a part of it. I’ve dreamed of things like this for a long time. It’s incredible to see it happen. I feel like there’s so much more to do. Let my passion, my will carry me. “The way.”

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