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Chris Billam-Smith v Richard Riakporhe 2: Prediction, Tips & Odds

Our resident boxing expert Rob Tebbutt picks out the betting value in this weekend's hugely-anticipated WBO cruiserweight world title showdown between Chris Billam-Smith and Richard Riakporhe.

Chris Billam-Smith v Richard Riakporhe 2

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Chris Billam-Smith v Richard Riakporhe 2 Tips

Chris Billam-Smith - To Win Fight @ 2/1
Fight To Go The Distance - No @ 11/10

At the top of the BOXXER bill at Selhurst Park this weekend it's the rematch between Chris Billam-Smith and Richard Riakporhe, with the WBO cruiserweight title on the line.

Of course, a lot has changed since their first meeting back in 2019 with CBS now in possession of a world title after dethroning Lawrence Okolie last year.

Richard hasn't been too active in recent years but did have an impressive stoppage win last time out, against Dylan Bregeon, before the end of 2023.

Coming into the fight, it's the challenger, Richard Riakporhe, who is heavily favoured with the bookmakers to become the new cruiserweight world champion, but personally speaking, I am not too sure about that.

I feel that Chris Billam-Smith, with his wins over Okolie, Mateusz Masternak and Tommy McCarthy, has developed into a really competent 12-round fighter, and believe that all of the betting value is with the defending champion.

I expect both men to come forward and let their big shots go. We all know about Richard's punching power, but let's not forget that CBS sent Okolie to the canvas on three occasions as well as stopping Masternak inside the distance in his last outing.

I really like the play of 'Fight To Go The Distance - No' this weekend, given how this bout is likely to play out.

As I have touched upon, Riakporhe boasts real lights out power in his right hand, and Chris Billam-Smith also packs a punch - just as all cruiserweights do, so there's every chance we see this fight conclude before the scheduled 12 round distance.

In terms of the fight itself, and the winner, I have this one down as a real 50/50 scrap - and far closer than the bookmakers have priced it up at, and because of that, I just feel the value is with Chris Billam-Smith to successfully defend his prized world title.

Chris Billam-Smith v Richard Riakporhe 2 Odds

Chris Billam-Smith v Richard Riakporhe 2 Bet Boosts

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Fight Result: Richard Riakporhe
Under 10.5 Rounds

Was 21/10 >> Now 23/10

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Fight Result: Chris Billam-Smith
Over 10.5 Rounds

Was 3/1 >> Now 13/4

All odds and Bet Boosts were correct and available at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or fluctuation.

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