RICHARD RIAKPORHE rounded off a successful year by claiming the vacant British cruiserweight title on Thursday evening (December 19). His unanimous points victory over the previously undefeated Jack Massey marked his fourth impressive scalp in a row, following on from wins against Sam Hyde, Tommy McCarthy and Chris Billam-Smith. But it was far from an easy night’s work for the 6ft 5in Londoner.
In what was a largely scrappy and messy affair, Riakporhe seemed fortunate not to have a point deducted for holding. He looked like the heavier hitter of the two, yet Massey’s work rate meant that the Derbyshire man was well in the fight.
The result was up in the air after 12 rounds, but it was Riakporhe who received the verdict by marks of 117-111 and 115-113 twice. His cause was aided by the scoring of a disputed knockdown in the 10th.