Billam-Smith beats Riakporhe in ugly rematch

Billam-Smith beats Riakporhe in ugly rematch

In a stunning turn of events at Selhurst Park, Chris Billam-Smith emerged victorious in a rematch against Richard Riakporhe, avenging his only career loss. Riakporhe, who had been on a knockout streak, failed to find his rhythm in a messy, clinch-heavy fight. Billam-Smith showcased superior work rate, absorbed Riakporhe’s power punches, and appeared to be the more active and effective fighter throughout the bout. Despite both fighters receiving warnings for rough play, Riakporhe lost a point in the final round for excessive use of his head. The judges scored the fight 116-111, 115-112, and 115-112 in favor of Billam-Smith, settling the score between the two and fulfilling Billam-Smith’s WBO mandatory obligation.

With this victory, Billam-Smith has set his sights on unifying titles against top contenders like Gilberto Ramirez, Noel Mikaelian, or Jai Opetaia. The fight against Riakporhe marked the end of his European chapter, paving the way for bigger challenges ahead.

In a co-feature, Ben Whittaker outpointed Eworitse Ezra Arenyeka in a lackluster affair. Despite dominating the fight with his speed and movement, Whittaker failed to impress due to his lack of power. The bout lacked excitement and tension, with Whittaker scoring a unanimous decision victory while also being on the receiving end of some controversial moments, including a headbutt and an elbow from Arenyeka.

Jack Massey secured the European cruiserweight title in a hard-fought battle against Isaac Chamberlain. Massey, who took the fight on short notice, outmaneuvered Chamberlain in the early rounds and weathered a storm of body shots to secure the win with two 115-113 scores and a 116-112 score. This victory marked a career-defining moment for Massey, while Chamberlain may rue not defending his British title against another opponent.

Overall, the night at Selhurst Park delivered a mix of thrilling and underwhelming performances, setting the stage for future boxing matchups and title opportunities.

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