Is Richard Riakporhe more ruthless than Deontay Wilder? Johnny Nelson says Brit has better technique | boxing news
Ahead of Richard Riakporhe’s IBF heavyweight title eliminator against Fabio Turchi, Johnny Nelson looks at comparisons between the Briton and Deontay Wilder and discusses what he wants to see from Riakporhe this weekend.
Timing is everything to Richard and the challenges get a little higher, the stakes get a little higher – and so does his confidence.
I keep saying it but right now Richard doesn’t have the confidence to match his ability, despite being 14-0. Once you get to this point, you won’t see a way to beat this kid.
People have suggested that Richard is a Deontay Wilder heavyweight, but I think Richard is more cultured.
Wilder could wholeheartedly rely on his punching power. He could lose a fight in the last second of the final round and still be saved by his raw power.
Deontay was a brute force but technically I think Richard is better. His boxing IQ seems better.
Saturday’s fight will be a test for him. He’s No. 12 in the IBF rankings and he’s fighting No. 11, so that means something for his development and where he stands in the division.
The loss to Tommy McCarthy is the only one in Turchi’s career, although he’s fought a lot of guys with more losing records than winning.
Still, he’s above Richard in the standings, so it’ll be a challenge, which I can’t wait to see.
I want to see Richard use his strength and his subtlety. I don’t want him hanging around and saying, ‘look, I can show you how good I can box’. I want him in and out as soon as possible.
Yes, the development has to be there and he has to learn something from every fight, but I don’t want him to be too smart or over-extend himself or think too much.
He has to use his power, which made people excited.
With Ilunga Makabu potentially on the horizon for Richard, another southpaw in Turchi is good preparation.
Pushing things further, and a fight with WBO champion Lawrence Okolie is one that gets us Brits excited. Of all the cruiserweights, these two have to be respected.
The only difference between the two at the moment is that Okolie has proven it, he is world champion. Richard hasn’t had that opportunity yet but is definitely on the right track.
Talk to sky sports About Turchi, Riakporhe said: “The way I rate him, he’s just another opponent that I have to deal with in a great way and we are going for the knockout.
“He reminds me of a Mike Tyson. He’s always moving, he’s always throwing big punches, those crazy hands. He can also be a little dirty.
“He likes to use his head, so we’ll make sure we have a word with the ref so he knows. I feel like once I detonate those bombs he’ll be out of it. in no time.
“I think it’s going to be the best performance of my career. I’m going to win a punching power contest, if that’s what it becomes.”
Watch Richard Riakporhe vs. Fabio Turchi live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action from 7pm Saturday.
Olympic gold medalist Lauren Price MBE will also make her professional debut on the card.
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