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Who won Riakporhe vs Smith?
Richard Riakporhe beat Chris Billam-Smith by split decision in their 10 round contest on Saturday 20th July 2019 at O2 Arena in London.
The scorecards were announced as 95-94, 93-96, 97-92 in favor of winner Richard Riakporhe.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 10 rounds in the Cruiserweight division, which meant the weight limit was 200 pounds (14.3 stone or 90.7 KG).
This fight appeared on the undercard of Dillian Whyte beating Oscar Rivas for the WBC Interim World Heavyweight championship. Also, on the undercard David Allen lost to David Price, Dereck Chisora defeated Artur Szpilka and Lawrence Okolie was victorious over Mariano Angel Gudino.
Riakporhe vs Smith stats
Richard Riakporhe stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 9 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 8 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Chris Billam-Smith made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 9 wins and 0 draws, with 8 of those by knock out.
The stats suggested that Riakporhe and Billam Smith have similar power, both with a 89% knock out percentage.
Richard Riakporhe was the older man by 1 year, at 31 years old.
Riakporhe had a height advantage of 2 inches over Billam Smith.
Both Richard Riakporhe & Chris Billam-Smith fought out of an orthodox stance.
Riakporhe's experience as a professional fighter was relatively equal to Billam Smith's, having had the same amount of fights, and made his debut in 2016, 1 year and 1 month earlier than Billam Smith, whose first professional fight was in 2017. He had fought 11 less professional rounds, 48 to Billam Smith's 59.
Richard Riakporhe went into the fight ranked number 6 by the WBA at cruiserweight.
Riakporhe vs Smith form
Riakporhe remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 5 of his recent opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had beat Tommy McCarthy on 2nd March 2019 by technical knockout in the 4th round at East of England Arena, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had beat Sam Hyde on 10th November 2018 by technical knockout in the 8th round at Manchester Arena, Lancashire.
Going into that contest, he had won against Elvis Dube on 28th July 2018 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at O2 Arena, London.
Before that, he had beat Adam Williams on 24th March 2018 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at O2 Arena, London.
He had defeated Jiri Svacina on 14th October 2017 by technical knockout in the 2nd round at York Hall, London.
Chris Billam-Smith had stopped 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against Nathan Thorley on 7th August 2020 by technical knockout in the 2nd round in their CBC Commonwealth Cruiserweight championship fight at Matchroom Fight Camp, Essex, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had won against Craig Glover on 23rd November 2019 by technical knockout in the 5th round in their CBC Commonwealth Cruiserweight championship fight at Echo Arena, Liverpool.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Richard Riakporhe on 20th July 2019 by split decision in their 10 round contest at O2 Arena, London.
Before that, he had defeated Yassine Habachi on 10th May 2019 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at Nottingham Arena, Nottinghamshire.
He had beat Kent Kauppinen on 15th December 2018 by technical knockout in the 6th round at O2 Academy, Dorset.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Chris Billam-Smith had been fighting more than Richard Riakporhe.
Going to this contest, Richard Riakporhe had last fought 2 years, 1 month and 21 days ago, while Chris Billam-Smith's last outing had been 8 months and 16 days ago.
Riakporhe's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 6 months and 9 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 14 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 19 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.8 rounds on average.
Billam Smith's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 4 months and 8 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 21 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 26 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 5.2 rounds on average.
What time did Riakporhe vs Smith start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 7:00 PM BST at O2 Arena, London, United Kingdom, which was 2:00 PM EST or 11:00 AM PST on the West Coast of America.
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What were the odds on Riakporhe vs Smith?
Richard Riakporhe was a 43/100 (-232) favourite going into the contest, while Chris Billam-Smith made his way into the ring at 103/50 (+206) with oddsmakers.