Cruiser star Riakporhe knocked out Deion Jumah to continue his cruiser weightlifting title, with rising stars Caroline Dubois, Dan Azeez and Adam Azim all winning at OVO Wembley Arena
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Richard Riakporhe stopped Deion Jumah in their domestic cruiser clash at OVO Wembley Arena to continue on their way to the world championship title.
Jumah entered the competition on notice but he couldn’t cope with the explosive power of Riakporhe, who made his first breakthrough with a knockdown in the fourth round. Jumah was able to get up and survive the mid-halves but ended up receiving another powerful shot that ended his night in the eighth round.
After a rough start, both men wanted to settle down and establish their position in early chess-like exchanges in the opening two rounds. A similar pattern continues in the third stanza without which no boxer is able to make a significant loophole.
He beamed after the fight: “To all those who made the odds bet against me – you’ll lose all your money, don’t do it! [I want a world title shot]. That’s why I’m here. I know what I want and nothing can stop me. I bet in myself and I believe in myself. All I do is fight. I’m ready – just put me in there. “
Riakporhe made a surprise breakthrough in the fourth round, sending his opponent toward the canvas with an explosive right hand, but Jumah was saved by the bell. He continued to pressurize in the opening stages of the fifth inning but Jumah managed to fire return.
The fights continued at a much more frenetic pace with Jumah able to return to the fight with his legs now fully recovered from the previous knockdown. But Riakporhe created the most important opening opportunity in the round of 16, sending Jumah to the floor for the second time in the match with the referee left with no choice but to pause the contest.
The 32-year-old claimed his 14th professional win and issued an ominous warning to domestic rival Lawrence Okolie, who currently holds the world title.
Caroline Dubois essentially repeated her opening-round win in her second professional bout before rising star Adam Azim got his usual first-round sacking. Adam Azeez continued his undefeated streak in that night’s co-main event with a dominant display that culminated in Reece Cartwright’s 8th round make-up.