Chris Kongo vs Sebastian Formella
Opening the Riakporhe vs Turchi undercard was London’s Chris Kongo (13-1) attempting to make a statement performance and get a career-best win against Germany’s Sebastian Formella (23-2). Kongo was on the front foot in round one and after a couple of cagey minutes had some success to the body, Formella had his only success of R1 at the end – a right hand over the top.
Formella showed more aggression in round two with Kongo’s best work being sharp counters, most notably a clean left hook to the body. Kongo took control of the third having the most dominant round yet. The fourth and fifth were slower in terms of clean, damaging punches and could’ve gone either way with Formella arguably winning the fifth.
The sixth and seventh rounds were more entertaining with more toe-to-toe trading and less movement. Unfortunately for Formella, he was consistently coming off second best. Kongo started to dominate in the 8th and 9th with Formella looking completely out of the fight. Kongo pushed for a stoppage in the tenth but Formella was tough enough to see out the fight.
Official Decision: 97-93, 97-94, 98-92 all 3 to the winner by Unanimous Decision Chris Kongo. NoSmokeBoxing had it 98-92.
Riakporhe vs Turchi Undercard: Viddal Riley
After a slightly underwhelming performance in February, Viddal Riley (5-0) delivered a brutal knockout on the Riakporhe vs Turchi undercard inside 60 seconds. Riley showed his dangerous power and speed with a single left hook counter that flattened Jone Volau (5-7) in R1.
Germaine Brown vs Zak Chelli
The power of Zak Chelli made the fight relatively cagey as Brown was often unwilling to exchange at the risk of getting countered. Chelli right hand kept Brown off him and on the backfoot for the majority of the fight with Chelli also switching to the right uppercut at the latter stages.
Brown’s lack of jab and activity saw him lose the majority of the rounds in the second half even when there was little action. It was clear Chelli is a strong force at 168 with his power and he will be targeting the Lennox Clarke-Mark Heffron winner for the British Title.
Official Decision: 98-93, 97-94, 97-92 all 3 to the winner by Unanimous Decision Zak Chelli. NoSmokeBoxing had it 98-93.
Olympic Gold Medalist Lauren Price’s Professional Debut
Lastly on the Riakporhe vs Turchi Undercard was Tokyo 2020 Olympic Gold Medalist Lauren Price who debuted against 5-2 Valgerdur Gudstensdottir at welterweight. Price proved to possess incredible hand speed and combination punching but the lack of power especially against an overmatched opponent and natural lightweight was a little disappointing.
Price cruised to a 60-54 PTS victory on her debut and showed elements of her skill but needs a little more to her game and a little more spite to really impress or more importantly, entertain.