Richard Riakpore sent Krzysztof Glowacki and invited one of the world champions | boxing news
Rising cruiserweight Richard Riakpore continued his path to a world title with a narrow four-round victory over Chris Eubank against Krzysztof Glowacki on the undercard against Liam Smith.
Riakporhe has moved up the heavyweight rankings in 2022 but cannot risk defeat against former WBO world champion Glowacki on Saturday at Manchester’s AO Arena.
Keiji took the lead in the first round with a Riakporhe cross, but then threw punches to keep the distance between them.
However, Poland’s Glowacki joined the south and the two briefly traded.
Glowacki landed a hard left hand to Riakporhe’s body, and the Londoner immediately fired back with a right.
They looked for holes in the first round and Riakporhe found the amazing Glowacki with an explosive right in the second round.
When the Pole was shaken violently, Riakporhe bombarded him with blows from each hand. Glowacki was only held up by a rope.
But surprisingly, he recovered and made it to the third round. The pace slowed as Riakporhe tagged Glowacki with more punches. The Pole was still hitting hard to the body.
Glowacki showed signs of the experience he has gained over his long career. He landed a neat combination as a left to the body set up a right hook to the head.
But Riakporhe still wrapped the third landing cleanly over his head, the same punches that Glowacki couldn’t get through.
The Londoner was looking for more of those powerful shots in the fourth round, and Glowacki was forced to gasp for air as he was cross-checked to the body.
But it was a huge right hook that proved Glowacki lost. It hits the ground with crushing force. Glowacki backs up and Midnight Train hits him, putting Glowacki into the corner post and sinking more hooks.
Referee Howard Foster immediately intervened and called a stoppage with 16 seconds left in the fourth round as soon as he saw Glowacki get to his feet.
“Next stop all champions!” Riakporhe said later.
“Jai Opetaia, I know you can see this. Trust me, we will come to you.
“[Ilunga] Makabu, you can’t run anymore. [Lawrence] Okoli, [Arsen] Gulamiryan, I know you all well, I think of you every day when I sleep.”
Ekow Essuman defended his British and Commonwealth welterweight titles after defeating Chris Kongo by majority decision.
Congo started the move as Nottingham’s Essuman tried to counter him. Although Yessuman worked in close and landed a decent right hand, he was successful from distance. Kongo responded with heavy punches.
Halfway through the fight, Essuman picked up the pace and pushed Kongo into the ropes. He tried to make it a physical fight, opening with a salvo of body hooks.
In the 10th round, when Essuman came out, the Congolese threw long shots. But the champ began to slip and was landed cleanly by a hard right in the next round. Essuman stubbornly stood on his front legs and beat his opponent.
The attack forced Kongo back to the ropes and holding on as long as he could. The London athlete kept the British champion in a stalemate and dodged the punches.
Kongo powered up and fired a right cross. But Essuman worked hard and increased the pressure. He landed a big right, but the brave opponent recovered.
The Londoner finished proudly and hugged at the final bell.
Yessuman retained his belt, two scores in his favor, 116-113 and 115-114, and one of the judges scored the fight 114-114.
“Like I said from the beginning, it was just the experience of having these long fights, 12-round fights, really tough fights where I had to dig deep,” Essuman explained.
“The proof is in the pudding.
“Boxing is about what you can do when you’re tired, what you can do when you’re training, and my name is Engine.
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