RIAKPORHE RULES SUPREME

Dubois blasts out Bryan – in a night of punch-power warning

Richard Riakporhe would have instilled fear and awe beyond the world-title claimants in his own cruiserweight division by the manner in which he finished Fabio Turchi in the second round of their headline contest at the Wembley Arena. The Italian southpaw, whose only previous defeat had been on a split-decision, was pole-axed by a clinical well-directed left-hand punch to the midriff. There was little indication in the first round – apart from Riakporhe’s resolute determination – of the decisive denouement to come in the second. Seeing an opportunity that hardly existed, he fired in a punch below his opponent’s defence.

Turchi collapsed in considerable discomfort. Although he struggled to his feet, beating the count – just, and the referee waved him on to continue, Fabio’s corner-men threw in the towel. Their decision was apparent, and justified, as their boxer slid down against the ropes. Richard, whose record is now 15 wins to no defeat, stands supreme as the scariest one-punch hitter among the several powerful punchers in the heavier divisions …… unless it is fellow-cruiserweight Lawrence Okolie …… and, thereby, hangs a very good, and potentially short, match. Yet further down the same bill Riakporhe’s devastating finish was equalled in execution by up-and-coming Viddal Riley’s speedy first-round despatch of Jone Volau. Also among the cruiserweights, and also by the left-hand. The bout had hardly started than it was over.

Later that same evening Daniel Dubois renewed his march into the highest echelons of the heavyweight division by stopping Trevor Bryan in the fourth round on veteran Don King’s promotion in Miami. The South Londoner began comparatively slowly over the first two rounds before increasing the pressure in the third and flooring and stopping his opponent in the next. The power and precision in his left hook, and the impression that it would have made on potential future opponents (and promoters), was more significant than either Bryan’s hitherto unbeaten record and the tinsel “crown” that was at stake.

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