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Richard Riakporhe In Talks For Ilunga Makabu World Title Fight


Richard Riakporhe is set for a world title next and talks are underway to match him with Ilunga Makabu, the WBC belt-holder, understands.

Nigeria-born Riakporhe impressed with his two-round demolition of Fabio Turchi earlier this month and is now well placed as the eighth-ranked challenger in the WBC’s world ratings.

Makabu became a two-time WBC champion in 2020 when he won back their belt. He boxed most recently in January, beating Thabiso Mchunu on a split decision.

“It should be a world title shot [next for Riakporhe]. We have mentioned the ideal opponent for him is Makabu, he wants that WBC belt,” BOXXER promoter Ben Shalom told Sky Sports News.

“I think it’s a great fight, we’re due to speak to Don King this week, we have been talking about this for a while. That’s the one Richard wants. I even did say to Richard, ‘Do you want one more [bout]?’ He wants the world title next.

“He’s 32 years old now. He feels like he’s gone through every single level and I think people know that he’s ready, they can see that he’s ready and it’s just about making the fight now.”

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