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Richard Riakporhe’s Trainer: Pressure on Champion Ahead of WBO Cruiserweight Title Clash

Riakporhe vs Billam-Smith Rematch

Ahead of the highly anticipated showdown at London’s Selhurst Park this weekend, Richard Riakporhe’s trainer, Angel Fernandez, remains confident despite the stakes. Fernandez, who has been working with Riakporhe since July 2020, expressed that the pressure is on the defending champion, Chris Billam-Smith, despite Riakporhe being the betting favorite and enjoying hometown advantage.

Fernandez, who was not in Riakporhe’s corner during their first encounter in 2019, believes that both fighters have improved significantly since then, making the rematch a more technical and challenging affair. He emphasized that they have prepared diligently for the fight and expect Billam-Smith to come in as a tough and improved opponent.

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While acknowledging Billam-Smith’s resilience and experience, especially in his recent title defense against Mateusz Masternak, Fernandez remains focused on Riakporhe’s strategy to limit Billam-Smith’s options and avoid getting drawn into a grueling battle.

“We just train like the challenger and come in as the challenger. The pressure will always be on the champion,” Fernandez remarked, highlighting Riakporhe’s preparedness and mindset going into the title bout.

With both fighters eager to prove themselves on fight night, the stage is set for an electrifying contest where Riakporhe aims to claim the WBO cruiserweight title in front of his home crowd.

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