Johnny Nelson: “Richard Riakporhe needs a career-best performance to beat Chris Billam-Smith”

Former cruiserweight world champion Johnny Nelson MBE has told BetVictor Riakporhe (17-0, 13KO) can steal belt from Billam-Smith (19-1, 13KO) on June 15.

Mid-June, WBO cruiserweight champion Chris Billam-Smith defends his belt against fellow Brit Richard Riakporhe at Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park.

Despite Riakporhe, 34, having previously beaten Billam-Smith, 33, in their WBA Inter-Continental cruiserweight title fight in July 2019, Nelson thinks the Londoner needs a career-best performance to claim his first world title.

“Richard Riakporhe is the only person to have beaten Chris Billam-Smith,” Nelson begun.

“Billam-Smith lost to Riakporhe five years ago – both fighters have matured since then.

“Richard is still trying to get that golden fleece, a first world title. He’s now facing a man who he’s boxed already. There is a fear of him being complacent, thinking ‘I’ve got your number’.


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