ONE week ago, just before he stepped into the ring in Belfast and took apart a Hungarian journeyman in three rounds, Craig Richards was presented with the opportunity of a lifetime from Eddie Hearn.
The promoter had just discovered that Callum Johnson – in hospital with chest pains – would not be able to challenge British light-heavyweight champion Frank Buglioni on the Cardiff Anthony Joshua-Carlos Takam undercard, and suggested Richards could step in.
“I got the job done [stopping Norbert Szekeres in three rounds], I bumped into Eddie in a bar and I said, ‘Where do I sign?'” Richards, 10-0 (4), explains. “And then a week later I’m here.”