Richard Riakporhe and Jack Massey will clash for the vacant British cruiserweight title at the famous York Hall in East London on Thursday December 19th, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US. The British title was last held by Lawrence Okolie, who is now the reigning European champion. The big-hitting Riakporhe (10-0, 8 KOs) went the distance for only the second time of his career in July as he outpointed previously undefeated Chris Billam-Smith in a close battle . Massey (16-0, 8 KOs) is firing on all cylinders again after an arm injury ruled him out of his July British and Commonwealth title clash with Lawrence Okolie.
“I’m over the moon to be fighting for the British title at the top of a bill at York Hall,” said Riakporhe. “I’ve been looking forward to this opportunity for a long time and now it’s here I need to grab it with both hands. Jack is a decent opponent. I heard that he beat Chris Billam-Smith in the amateurs so he should have a good pedigree. He’s unbeaten in the professional ranks with a strong record so this should be a decent test for me.
“I think Jack will come to fight and he’ll go for it, but I’ll be too strong for him and I’ll have too much will and determination – I’m going to light him up like a Christmas tree. A win here could lead to even bigger opportunities and I know what I have to do.”
"One Smack Jack" says he is ready to propel his name to the top of the domestic cruiserweight scene in his first major title shot. “I’m in the best shape of my life and I feel great,” said Massey. “I’ve had a few setbacks recently, but they’ve made me even hungrier for this opportunity. I’ve got to come away with that British title on the night and I’ll give my all for it. This has got the makings of a great fight, we’re both big punchers and we both know how to finish a fight. This will be my first time fighting at York Hall so it’s even more special for me. It’s a prestigious place to fight and a prestigious belt to win so there’s a lot on the line – a win would be massive for me.”
Elsewhere on the card, fast-rising Ipswich Heavyweight Fabio Wardley (8-0, 7 KOs) takes on Middlesbrough’s Simon Vallily (16-2-1, 7 KOs)... Bracknell Welterweight Luther Clay (12-1, 5 KOs) is in against Freddy Kiwitt (17-2, 10 KOs)... Northampton junior middleweight Kieron Conway (13-1-1, 3 KOs) continues to work towards another shot at the British title....
Watford bantamweight Shannon Courtenay (4-0, 1 KO) keeps active with her fifth outing of the year... Crowthorne super featherweight Charles Frankham (2-0, 1 KO) returns... Leeds super bantamweight Hopey Price (1-0) looks to build on his successful pro debut in Manchester... and Billy Joe Saunders-managed Lightweight Donte Dixon looks to move 2-0.