Riakporhe stops Głowacki in four

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Unbeaten IBF #2, WBC #5, WBO #11 cruiserweight Richard Riakporhe (16-0, 12 KOs) stopped rugged former WBO champion Krzysztof Głowacki (32-4, 20 KOs) in round four on Saturday night at the AO Arena in Manchester, England. Riakporhe rocked Głowacki in round four and referee Howard Foster waved it off. Time was 2:44. The 36-year-old Głowacki doesn’t take a shot like he used to, but still a great win for the 6’5 Riakporhe who is close to a world title shot.

“We wanted a knockout victory and I predicted round three or four,” stated Riakporhe afterward. “We’re on the train, the next stop…all the champions.

“Jai Opetaia, I know you’re watching this. Trust me, we’re coming for you. Makabu, you lot can’t run no more. Okolie, Goulamirian, I know all of you lot and I think about you every day when I go to sleep.”

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  • Riakporhe just turned 33, not terribly old for a cruiserweight, but he needs to go now. His next fight should be for a title.

  • Riakporhe just so big for a cruiser. Not saying he is the next USyk but must be scary fighting such a big strong guy at 200lbs. Still the big money is at HW

  • Riakporhe’s upper body looks gigantic for a cruiserweight. However, his legs are spindly compared to his upper body. He’s not particularly fast, but uses his reach effectively while hitting with power. The one thing going against him is his age. He needs to fight one of the top fighters or move up to heavyweight. He sure looks like he has the frame to move to the higher weight but he does need to up the level of the competition. Glowacki is a good start but he needs to fight better fighters sooner rather than later.

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