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Richard Riakporhe vs Jai Opetaia preview
When is Riakporhe vs Opetia?
Richard Riakporhe could face Jai Opetaia in Summer 2023 in the United States.
The fight would be contested over 12 rounds in the Cruiserweight division, which means the weight limit would be 200 pounds (14.3 stone or 90.7 KG).
The contest would be for the IBF cruiserweight championship of the world.
Riakporhe vs Opetia stats
Richard Riakporhe would step into the ring with an undefeated record of 16 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 12 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Jai Opetaia would make his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 22 wins and 0 draws, with 17 of those by knock out.
The stats suggest Opetaia would have a slight advantage in power over Riakporhe, with a 77% knock out percentage over Riakporhe's 75%.
Richard Riakporhe is the older man by 6 years, at 33 years old.
Riakporhe has a height advantage of 2 inches over Opetaia. This also extends to a 1-inch reach advantage.
Richard Riakporhe fights out of the orthodox stance, while Jai Opetaia is a southpaw.
Riakporhe is currently the less experienced professional fighter, having had 6 less fights, and made his debut in 2016, 1 year later than Opetaia, whose first professional fight was in 2015. He has fought 22 less professional rounds, 75 to Opetaia's 97.
Richard Riakporhe goes into the fight ranked number 5 by the WBC, 2 by the WBO, 2 by the IBF and 6 by the RING at cruiserweight.
Riakporhe vs Opetia form
Riakporhe remains undefeated as a professional, stopping 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight, he beat Krzysztof Glowacki on 21st January 2023 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Manchester Arena, Manchester, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had beat Fabio Turchi on 11th June 2022 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at Wembley Arena, London.
Going into that contest, he had won against Deion Jumah on 26th March 2022 by knockout in the 8th round at Wembley Arena, London.
Before that, he had beat Olanrewaju Durodola on 20th November 2021 by technical knockout in the 5th round at Wembley Arena, London.
He had defeated Krzysztof Twardowski on 2nd October 2021 by points in the 8th round at Wembley Arena, London.
Opetaia remains undefeated as a professional, stopping 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight, he won against Mairis Briedis on 2nd July 2022 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Cruiserweight and The Ring Cruiserweight championship fight at Gold Coast Convention Centre, Queensland, Australia.
Previous to that, he had won against Daniel Russell on 4th December 2021 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at Fortitude Music Hall, Queensland.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Benjamin Kelleher on 22nd October 2020 by technical knockout in the 6th round at Fortitude Music Hall, Queensland.
Before that, he had beat Mark Flanagan on 16th November 2019 by technical knockout in the 8th round at Hordern Pavilion, New South Wales.
He had won against Nikolas Charalampous on 27th July 2019 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Luna Park, New South Wales.
In terms of recent activity, Richard Riakporhe has been fighting more than Jai Opetaia.
Richard Riakporhe last fought 4 months and 21 days ago, while Jai Opetaia's last outing was 11 months and 9 days ago.
Riakporhe's last 5 fights have come over a period of 1 year, 8 months and 9 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 4 months and 3 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 27 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 5.4 rounds on average.
Opetaia's last 5 fights have come over a period of 3 years, 10 months and 15 days, meaning he has been fighting on average every 9 months and 10 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 39 rounds, meaning that they have lasted 7.8 rounds on average.
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