Richard Riakporhe Headlined Card Moved To Nov 26
NoSmokeBoxing reported last week that Unbeaten British Cruiserweight Richard Riakporhe (15-0, 11 KOs) would return to the ring on November 12 in London. We now understand that is no longer the plan and that Riakporhe will headline a BOXXER show on Nov 26 instead that is being planned to take place at the 7,000 capacity Alexander Palace live on Sky Sports.
BOXXER did attempt to secure a WBC world title shot for Riakporhe against champion Ilunga Makabu but NoSmokeBoxing understands those talks were unsuccessful and Makabu instead faces Ryan Rozicki on October 21 in Kinshasa.
On the undercard, Mikael Lawal (16-0, 10 KOs) is likely to meet Deion Jumah (14-1, 7 KOs) for the vacant British Cruiserweight championship. Lawal has been waiting for his British title chance for almost 12 months.
Lawal and Jumah were set to fight in March before Lawal pulled out and Jumah suffered his first career defeat to Riakporhe instead. This contest was supposed to take place on Oct 29 in Birmingham per reports but the date has been changed for unspecified reasons.