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Chris Billam-Smith v Richard Riakporhe 2 - Tale of the Tape: Weight, height, reach, trainer & professional boxing records

We analyse the credentials and statistics of cruiserweight foes Chris Billam-Smith and Richard Riakporhe as the pair get set to contest a hugely-anticipated WBO world title showdown at Selhurst Park on Saturday 15th June.

Chris Billam-Smith v Richard Riakporhe

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It has been a case of when not if Chris Billam-Smith and Richard Riakporhe would fight each other once again.

The two British cruiserweights have been on a collision course ever since their non-title meeting in July 2019 when Riakporhe got the nod by split-decision over ten rounds.

Their careers have travelled different paths in the five years which followed, but their rematch, on Saturday 15th June, has a significant prize at stake – the WBO cruiserweight title currently held by CBS.

Will it be a case of repeat or revenge at Crystal Palace's Selhurst Park, we don't have to wait long to find out.

Before then, let's check out the 'Tale of the Tape'…

Chris Billam-Smith v Richard Riakporhe
Tale of the Tape

TOTT

Chris Billam-Smith

Richard Riakporhe

Odds:

2/1

2/5

Age:

33

34

Nickname:    

'The Gentleman'

'The Midnight Train'

Height:

6ft 3ins

6ft 5ins

Reach:

75ins

77ins

Weight:

Cruiserweight

Cruiserweight

Trainer:

Shane McGuigan

Angel Fernandez

Record:

19-1 (13 KOs)

17-0 (13 KOs)

Last Fight:

Won - (RTD) v Mateusz Masternak (December 2023)

Won- (TKO) v Dylan Bregeon (November 2023)

Chris Billam-Smith
In Profile

Chris Billam-Smith claims to be the more improved fighter between himself and Richard Riakporhe since their first meeting five years ago.

The Bournemouth native’s only defeat remains the one from that night in London.

In the 10 fights which have followed, Billam-Smith has won the British, Commonwealth, European and WBO world cruiserweight titles.

Victories against Tommy McCarthy (particularly the second one), Isaac Chamberlain, Lawrence Okolie and Mateusz Masternak are standouts on his résumé which feature one particular characteristic: heart.

Billam-Smith is very much an improved fighter otherwise he would not be where he is now, but above all his fighting spirit is one strength that breaks his opponents.

Watching the 33-year-old box, you know that sooner or later he and his opponent will engage in a dog-fight, and so far the champion has emerged on top.

However, his willingness to trade is both a positive and a negative.

Against Riakporhe, one imagines the champion will have to call on all his resolute qualities, but the worry is what are left of them?

All-British world title fights tend to see game plans go fly out of the window, and see both participants go for broke.

One thing is for certain, Billam-Smith may have to dig deeper than ever to walk out of Selhurst Park with his title still intact.

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Punch-power

One-paced

Chin

Head movement

Resilient

Footwork

Hooks

Speed

Richard Riakporhe
In Profile

It’s been a long time coming but Richard Riakporhe’s first world title fight is nearly here.

The 34-year-old has seen negotiations break down and opportunities come and go but perhaps it is destiny that his maiden challenge would come against Chris Billam-Smith.

Riakporhe’s raw style has needed some fine tuning over the years and since joining the BOXXER promotional stable in 2021 we have seen what the Londoner does best – hurt people.

Olanrewaju Durodola, Deion Jumah, Fabio Turchi and Krzysztof Glowacki can all testify to how hard Riakporhe hits.

The question marks over the WBO mandatory challenger lie in unchecked boxes which Billam-Smith can tick off himself.

It’s been five years since Riakporhe was last tested against Jack Massey, the only time that the former has gone the 12-round distance.

Since then he has made his awkwardness and size work for him far more and is an extremely difficult man to get the better of.

Saturday 15th June will present the challenger with a glorious opportunity on home soil, but how will he handle a seismic occasion which is the first of its kind for him.

What will happen if Billam-Smith is still standing after six rounds and has taken Riakporhe’s best shots? Will the crowd work for or against a man who doesn’t have the support that CBS does.

That said, it could just take one shot for Riakporhe to quieten any detractors and hold the WBO title aloft.

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Destructive power

Inexperience on the big stage

Awkward

Clinching

Physicality

Work-rate

Explosive

Over-reliant on power

All odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation. 

Chris Billam-Smith v Richard Riakporhe

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