RICHARD RIAKPORHE moved one step closer to a world title shot after a devastating body shot finished off Fabio Turchi in two rounds.
The undefeated Londoner, 32, knocked down the Italian with a fierce left hook to secure the 15th win of his career.
Tuchi, 28, had lost just one of his previous 21 fights and beat the count – only for his cornerman to run into the ring and end the fight.
The win leaves Riakporhe as the No. 2 challenger to Latvian IBF Champion Mairis Briedes.
After his lightning quick KO, Riakporhe said, “I feel like I need to do some pads!
“I didn’t have time to get into it, but I landed a good shot. I feel like I have the reputation now.
The south Londoner, a huge Crystal Palace fan, is dreaming of a title shot at Selhurst Park – with an All-London clash with WBO champion Lawrence Okolie a delicious possibility.
Promoter Ben Shalon also said WBC champion Ilunga Makabu is also a possible future opponent.
“I feel like the new body snatcher,” added Riakporhe.
“I knew there were a few spots I wanted to try and aim for, but you have to be smart.
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“My coaches are fantastic – Robert Garcia, Angel Fernandez – we just had a simple plan, we see it through a long time but look for opportunities and when you see it you punish it and that’s exactly what we did.
“I keep telling everyone I’m that guy – I go back to the gym on Monday and take over in September. All these champions are afraid. I’m coming for all the smoke.
“I’ve had enough, I want them all. I think I’ll turn them all over. I come for everything.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5543109/richard-riakporhe-win-body-shot-fabio-turchi/ Watch Richard Riakporhe get one step closer to fighting for the world title with a brutal body shot to beat Fabio Turchi