Unbeaten cruiserweight Richard Riakporhe’s charge for a world title continues when the Midnight Train takes on Italy’s Fabio Turchi as the headline act of BOXXER’s Wembley Arena card this weekend.
The Londoner is coming off the back of an emphatic eighth round stoppage in his last outing and a win on Saturday night would move him a step closer to a shot at IBF title holder Mairis Breidis.
The card also includes an English super-middleweight title scrap between Germaine Brown and Zak Chelli, while Chris Kongo, Viddal Riley, Lauren Price and more provide support on a quality night of boxing in the capital. Here’s everything you need to know.
Where: OVO Wembley Arena, London
When: Saturday 11th June
How To Watch: The action will kick off on Sky Sports’ YouTube and Facebook channels at 5.30pm before switching over to Sky Sports Arena at 7pm. The ringwalks for the main event are expected at approximately 10pm.
Tale Of The Tape:
Place Of Birth: London, United Kingdom
Alias: The Midnight Train
Record: 14-0 (10)
Last Fight: Riakporhe stopped unbeaten cruiserweight rival Deion Jumah in eight rounds back in March at Wembley Arena.
Place Of Birth: Florence, Italy
Alias: Stone Crusher
Record: 20-1 (14)
Last Fight: Turchi was last seen in November, stopping Serbia’s Vukasin Obradovic by way of technical knockout inside a single round in Milan.
What They Say:
"The way I assess it, he's just another opponent I need to deal with in great fashion and we're going for the knockout.
"He reminds me of a Mike Tyson. He's always moving, he's always throwing big shots, those loopy hands.
"He can be a bit dirty as well - he likes to use his head, so we'll make sure we have a word with the referee so they know. I just see him as another opponent.
"I feel like once I detonate those bombs, he's going to be out of there in no time." [Sky Sports]
Full Fight Card (Subject To Change):
Richard Riakporhe vs Fabio Turchi, IBF cruiserweight eliminator
Germaine Brown vs Zak Chelli, English super-middleweight title
Chris Kongo vs Sebastian Formella, welterweight
Viddal Riley vs TBA, cruiserweight
Joe Pigford vs TBA, super-welterweight
Lauren Price vs. TBC; Middleweight
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