Richard Riakporhe produced a stunning stoppage victory over British cruiserweight rival Deion Jumah at Wembley Arena on Saturday to maintain his unbeaten record.
Riakporhe scored a knockdown with a heavy right-hand in the fourth round, before seeing off a Jumah fightback to end the contest with a vicious body shot in the eighth.
The victory takes Riakporhe to 14-0 (with 10 knockouts) for his career, and keeps the Londoner on track for a world title shot, while Jumah drops to 14-1 after his first professional defeat.
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Riakporhe put Jumah on the floor with a massive punch in the fourth round of their Cruiserweight encounter
“I’m so happy we got the win,” Riakporhe told Sky Sports. “Big respect to Deion Jumah, he was giving me a lot of problems in there and I had to be patient.
“I was mentally prepared for him to be awkward and slippery, but I just needed to be patient and wait for the opportunity.”
A heated build-up to the contest had seen skilful southpaw Jumah warn his opponent that he had made a mistake in taking the fight, and there were concerning signs for Riakporhe as he struggled to land in the early stages.
Image: Jumah caused Riakporhe trouble for long periods of the fight
The fight appeared to be going as Jumah had predicted until the closing stages of the fourth, when Riakporhe landed a massive right-hand to floor his rival. Jumah barely made the count, and was fortunate that little more than 10 seconds remained when the fight resumed, as he hung on to hear the bell.
However, anyone who assumed Jumah’s resolve had been broken was swiftly proved wrong, as he landed a couple of spiteful shots of his own in the fifth and ended the round on the front foot.
There appeared to be genuine concern in Riakporhe’s corner as trainer Angel Fernandez, who also coaches Anthony Joshua, warned him that he would lose the fight if he continued on the same path.
Image: Riakporhe celebrates his victory
The sixth and seventh largely mirrored the early rounds, with few telling shots landed, but Jumah able to outwork Riakporhe to the point where he may have brought the scorecards close despite having been knocked down.
However, just as it had done in the fourth, Riakporhe’s stunning one-punch power swung the fight in his favour once more. With Jumah preparing to fend off another head shot, Riakporhe switched to his unguarded midriff to land a stinging right hand from which his rival could not recover.
“I got some amazing instructions from Angel Fernandez and my team,” Riakporhe said of his trainer’s strong words during the fight.
Image: Riakporhe ended the fight with a body shot in the eighth round
“Sometimes you need to say those things because it hits home. We’re on a mission and we want to go places, so I took heed and just came out and did what I needed to do.”
Riakporhe’s victory crowned a stunning night of action on the Boxxer card at Wembley Arena, with top British prospects Caroline Dubois and Adam Azim earlier scoring spectacular first-round stoppage victories.
British light-heavyweight champion Dan Azeez also maintained his unbeaten record with a late stoppage victory over Reece Cartwright.