Richard Riakporhe sent out a chilling warning to the rest of the division on Saturday night as he brutally stopped Italian Fabio Turchi in just two rounds – swiftly ending the fight with a devastating body shot, Megasportsarena.com reports.
The Nigerian born who calls himself the new body snatcher, heavyweight Dillian Whyte must be jealous right now, showcased his one-punch power yet again as he stopped Turchi to win his IBF cruiserweight world-title eliminator.
For an opponent who had won 20 of his 21 fights as a professional – suffering one defeat on points – nothing about this bout screamed walkover, but Riakporhe made quick work of the Italian and made a huge statement about his world title hopes.
Turchi was left in visible pain on the canvas and remained in discomfort upon dragging himself to his feet, only to see a member of his team rush into the ring with a towel in hand as the contest was brought to a halt.
“I feel great, I feel like I need to do some pads because I didn’t really get into it, I didn’t have time to get into it,” Riakporhe said afterwards.
“We landed a good shot, I think I’m building a reputation now, I think I’m the new Body Snatcher, call me The Body Snatcher, The Midnight Train 2.0.
“I knew there were a few spots where I was trying to target but obviously you have to be intelligent with the way you do it. I keep on telling everybody I am that guy, I am that fighter, I’m coming for everything.
“Straight business, we aren’t playing any games now. I feel like Angel Fernandez has spoke to me in a certain type of way, he’s been analysing my mindset and saying ‘if you want to take it to the next level, you need to change, there’s something about it, you’ve got everything but you need to change that mindset’ and it’s happening. That’s why you see me getting rid of people this early.”
The win moves Riakporhe to 15-0 (11 KOs) and likely secures him a long-awaited world opportunity later this year, with IBF holder Mairis Briedis, WBC champion Ilunga Makabu and WBA champion Arsen Goulamirian looming as potential opponents.