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Belts on The Line
Current rankings @ Cruiserweight
When is Makabu vs Riakporhe?
Ilunga Makabu could fight Richard Riakporhe in Autumn/Fall 2022 in the United Kingdom.
The fight would take place over 12 rounds in the Cruiserweight division, which means the weight limit would be 200 pounds (14.3 stone or 90.7 KG).
Makabu vs Riakporhe stats
Ilunga Makabu would step into the ring with a record of 28 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 25 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Richard Riakporhe would make his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 13 wins and 0 draws, with 9 of those by knock out.
The stats suggest Makabu would have advantage in power over Riakporhe, with a 89% knock out percentage over Riakporhe's 69%.
Ilunga Makabu is the older man by 2 years, at 34 years old.
Riakporhe has a height advantage of 5 inches over Makabu. This also extends to a 3-inch reach advantage.
Ilunga Makabu fights out of the southpaw stance, while Richard Riakporhe is an orthodox fighter.
Makabu is currently the more experienced professional fighter, having had 17 more fights, and made his debut in 2008, 8 years and 1 month earlier than Riakporhe, whose first professional fight was in 2016. He has fought 80 more professional rounds, 141 to Riakporhe's 61.
Ilunga Makabu goes into the fight ranked number 2 by the RING at cruiserweight.
Richard Riakporhe is currently ranked number 7 by the WBC and 11 by the WBO in the 200lb division.
Makabu vs Riakporhe form
Makabu has won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight, he won against Olanrewaju Durodola on 19th December 2020 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBC World Cruiserweight championship fight at Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic Of The Congo.
Previous to that, he had won against Michal Cieslak on 31st January 2020 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Cruiserweight championship fight at Kinshasa, Congo, The Democratic Republic of The.
Going into that contest, he had beat Aleksei Papin on 24th August 2019 by majority decision in their 12 round contest at Traktor Sport Palace, Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Before that, he had defeated Dmitry Kudryashov on 16th June 2019 by technical knockout in the 5th round at KRK “Uralets”, Ekaterinburg.
He had won against Taylor Mabika on 25th August 2018 by technical knockout in the 5th round at Grand Hôtel de Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic Of The Congo.
Riakporhe remains undefeated as a professional, stopping 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight, he defeated Olanrewaju Durodola on 20th November 2021 by technical knockout in the 5th round at Wembley Arena, London, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had defeated Krzysztof Twardowski on 2nd October 2021 by points in the 8th round at Wembley Arena, London.
Going into that contest, he had beat Jack Massey on 19th December 2019 by unanimous decision in their BBBOC British Cruiserweight championship fight at York Hall, London.
Before that, he had won against Chris Billam-Smith on 20th July 2019 by split decision in their 10 round contest at O2 Arena, London.
Hehad beat Tommy McCarthy on 2nd March 2019 by technical knockout in the 4th round at East of England Arena, Cambridgeshire.
In terms of recent activity, Richard Riakporhe has been fighting more than Ilunga Makabu.
Ilunga Makabu last fought 1 year, 1 month and 10 days ago, while Richard Riakporhe's last outing was 2 months and 9 days ago.
Makabu's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 5 months and 4 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 8 months and 7 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 41 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 8.2 rounds on average.
Riakporhe's last 5 fights have come over a period of 2 years, 10 months and 27 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 7 months. In those fights, he fought a total of 39 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 7.8 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Makabu vs Riakporhe?
Richard Riakporhe is currently (+100) to win the bout outright, while you can get (+100) on Ilunga Makabu if you fancy the incredible upset.