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Boxing: All you need to know about Deion Jumah v Richard Riakporhe

Unbeaten British cruiserweight contender Richard Riakporhe headlines BOXXER’s card live on Sky Sports on Saturday night.

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The Midnight Train steps in with Deion Jumah, who is another unbeaten Brit, and it should prove a cracking cruiserweight contest. Riakporhe is 3/10 to maintain his undefeated record, while Jumah is 12/5 to keep up his sequence of victories.

Here is everything you need to know about the fight.

Where and when is Deion Jumah v Richard Riakporhe?

The fight will take place at Wembley Arena in London on Saturday, April 26th.

Where can I watch Deion Jumah v Richard Riakporhe?

The bout will be shown live on Sky Sports Action and Main Event in the UK. The fighters are expected to ring walk at 10pm.

What are the records of Deion Jumah and Richard Riakporhe?

It's unusual to see two unbeaten and promising fighters get it on so early in their career, even more so when there are no meaningful titles on the line.

Riakporhe holds the WBC Silver cruiserweight belt, and that certainly helps his chances of a world title shot, but as a standalone title it's pretty irrelevant.

The Walworth warrior won the British cruiser crown when outpointing Jack Massey in 2019 and Massey is one of the few fighters who have managed to stop the Midnight Train from steaming to victory.

Riakporhe has stopped nine of his previous 13 opponents and that includes the likes of Sam Hyde and recent British and Commonwealth title challenger Tommy McCarthy.

The Walworth warrior has developed a reputation as a ferocious puncher and training alongside Anthony Joshua with Angel Fernandez looks to have boosted his development.

Jumah could be the final domestic challenge for Riakporhe as he looks to move on to world level after this contest.

Jumah is unbeaten in 14 professional contests and the Hammersmith hitter also has a win over Hyde on his card.

The Ghost scared off the challenge of former Commonwealth cruiser champ Wadi Camacho in 2019. Camacho was well past his best at that time, but they are still good domestic victories.

Jumah was in line for a shot at current Commonwealth cruiserweight king Chris Billam-Smith, but he instead gets a big-ticket fight against Riakporhe.

The concern for the Hammersmith hitter is that he has managed just 14 bouts since he turned pro in 2013. There have been large spells of inactivity for the Ghost and at 32-years-of-age there aren’t too many peak years left for Jumah.

Deion Jumah v Richard Riakporhe predictions?

On paper this looks like a tough test for Riakporhe, but the reality may prove different. Jumah is unbeaten, but there are huge periods of inactivity on his card and he is in against a fighter who is on the rise.

The Hammersmith hitter is unexposed and is sure to bring the confidence of an undefeated boxer to the ring, but that may end up being the Ghost's downfall.

Riakporhe hits hard and it's quite possible that he will totally outclass Jumah at Wembley. The Midnight Train is likely to find the Hammersmith hitter an easy target to tag and if that’s the case then this contest is only going one-way.

The Walworth warrior is 11/10 to win by stoppage and that could prove a wise play at Wembley.

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