Heavyweight star Riakporhe knocked out Deion Jumah to continue his heavyweight title run, with rising stars Caroline Dubois, Dan Azeez and Adam Azim all picking up wins at OVO Wembley Arena
Richard Riakporhe stopped Deion Jumah in their national heavyweight clash at OVO Wembley Arena to continue on his way to a world title.
Jumah had entered the contest at the last minute, but he was unable to cope with the blistering power of Riakporhe who made his first breakthrough with a knockdown in the fourth round. Jumah was able to get back to his feet and survive the intervening rounds, but eventually fell victim to another hard shot that ended his night in the eighth round.
After a cautious start, both men were keen to settle in and establish their jabs in early chess exchanges in the first two rounds. A similar pattern continued in the third stanza with no combatants able to create a meaningful opening.
He beamed after the fight: “To all the bettors out there putting money against me – you’re going to lose all your money, don’t! Absoutely [I want a world title shot]. That’s why I’m here. I know what I want and nothing can stop me. I bet on myself and I believe in myself. I just fight. I’m ready, let me in.”
Riakporhe suddenly made the breakthrough in round four, sending his opponent to the canvas with a booming right hand, but Jumah was saved by the bell. He kept putting the pressure on in the early stages of round five, but Jumah was able to fight back.
The proceedings continued at a much more frantic pace with Jumah able to get back into the fight with his legs now fully recovered from the previous knockdown. But Riakporhe created the all-important opening in round eight, sending Jumah crashing to the deck for the second time in the fight, with the referee seeing no choice but to stop the fight.
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The 32-year-old picked up his 14th professional win and issued an ominous warning to domestic rival Lawrence Okolie, who currently holds a world title.
On the undercard, Caroline Dubois rallied to a first-round stoppage victory in her second pro bout before rising star Adam Azim headed for a routine first-round dismissal. Adam Azeez continued his unbeaten streak in the co-main event of the night with a dominating display that culminated in an eight-round stoppage of Reece Cartwright.