Report: Selhurst Park to Host Epic WBO Title Showdown

Billam-Smith vs. Riakporhe: WBO World Cruiserweight Title Bout at Selhurst Park

On June 15th, the boxing world turns its eyes to Selhurst Park, London, for an electrifying clash between Chris Billam-Smith and Richard Riakporhe for the WBO World Cruiserweight Championship. The much-anticipated bout marks a significant moment in British boxing, showcasing two of the sport’s most formidable competitors in a rematch set to capture the attention of fans worldwide.

Path to the Title

Chris Billam-Smith, known affectionately as ‘The Gentleman’, heads into this contest with a record of 19-1, including 13 KOs. His journey to the WBO title was nothing short of spectacular, having dethroned the previously undefeated Lawrence Okolie in May 2023. Billam-Smith’s memorable performance at Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium, where he floored Okolie three times, remains fresh in the minds of boxing enthusiasts. Now, as he prepares for his second title defence, Billam-Smith is focused on avenging his sole professional defeat.

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Riakporhe’s Undefeated Streak

Opposing him is ‘The Midnight Train’ Richard Riakporhe, boasting an unblemished record of 17-0, with 13 knockouts. Riakporhe is no stranger to victory over Billam-Smith, having secured a split decision win in their first encounter in July 2019 at the O2 Arena. With the confidence of their previous meeting, Riakporhe is determined to prove that his initial victory was no fluke.

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Champion’s Commitment and Rivalry

Both fighters have expressed their readiness and determination leading up to the fight. Billam-Smith eagerly anticipates delivering an explosive performance to dazzle the travelling Bournemouth fans, vowing, “I’m looking forward to giving the Bournemouth fans an away day to remember with an explosive performance, live on Sky Sports. Richard is a good fighter, but I’ve improved hugely since we last met and he’s going to be in for a terrible night at Selhurst Park. The WBO belt is coming back with me to Bournemouth.”

Meanwhile, Riakporhe’s confidence remains sky-high as he prepares to defend his unbeaten streak and claim the world title, stating, “My time has come. The countdown is on. I’m the runaway ‘Midnight Train’ that you cannot stop and it’s the end of the line for Chris Billam-Smith. I can’t wait to knock Chris out and take his title. I’ve beaten him once and I’m ready to do it again. This time it’s not going to the judges. He’s going to be out cold on the canvas and the world title is going to be staying in South London.”

Community Engagement

Adding to the fight’s allure is the commitment to community involvement, with a portion of each ticket sold being donated to the Palace For Life Foundation, underscoring the event’s broader impact beyond the ring.

As the date approaches, anticipation builds for this showcase of skill and determination, promising not only a fierce competition but also an event filled with passion and heart, resonating well beyond the boundaries of Selhurst Park.

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