Advertisement: IBO Boxing

Richard Riakporhe vs. Jack Massey In Play, Dec. 19 In London

Richard Riakporhe is set to return to the ring before the end of the year.

The WBA Inter-Continental cruiserweight champion (10-0, 8 KOs) was last in action in the summer.

Riakporhe, who is managed by heavyweight Dillian Whyte, won a split decision over Chris Billam-Smith at the O2 Arena in London.


And the UK capital looks like being the setting for his return on December 19, exclusively live on Sky Sports and DAZN.

He is expected to be confirmed as the headline act for a JDNXTGEN card at Bethnal Green’s iconic York Hall venue on December 19 on which he will face Jack Massey for the vacant British title at 200lbs.

The belt was most recently held by Lawrence Okolie, who has since won European honours and relinquished the crown.

The show has yet to be formally revealed by Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing, but Boxing Scene understands that the Riakporhe vs. Massey fight will be flanked by a whole host of the best British talent.

Massey has been handed his opportunity on the back of Okolie’s relinquishment of the belt after his fight with ‘The Sauce’, which was scheduled for July in Manchester, was cancelled due to the show being canned.

‘One Smack’, from Chapel-en-le-Frith in Derbyshire, has a record of 16-0 with eight quick and is managed by Kevin Maree. He was last seen back in March at the King George’s Hall in Blackburn when he outpointed Kent Kauppinen over six rounds.

Donte Dixon, who made his debut last month and is managed by Billy Joe Saunders in conjunction with MTK Global, will feature alongside Fabio Wardley –– another man managed by the aforementioned Whyte –– and Shannon Courtenay.

Charles Frankham will return to the ring for the first time since May and Eddie Hearn has also mentioned the possibility that the card could feature a vacant British light-heavyweight title showdown between Craig Richards and Shakan Pitters, who holds the English title, while British super-welterweight king Scott Fitzgerald –– who outpointed Ted Cheeseman at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle last month –– could box for the final time this year before a potential mouthwatering rematch against Liverpool’s Anthony Fowler at Deepdale, the home of his beloved Preston North End Football Club.

Further details will be revealed in due course.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Sparked_26 on 11-08-2019

One Smack Jack is a great nickname. Fair play

Comment by adotd on 11-08-2019

That's a fun fight, might try and go

Top Headlines
Lipinets-Abdukakhorov Postponed; Showtime Unlikely To Televise Fights 10/10 Juan Francisco Estrada Putting in Work For Cuadras Clash Michael Dutchover vs. Manuel Mendez Set For November 1 Tyson Fury Vows To Fight in 2020 - Against Wilder or Someone Else Turchi vs. Grisunins Tops Matchroom Italy Card on October 23, DAZN Frank Warren: Jose Ramirez Must Face Catterall or Vacate Title! Ronnie Shields: Jermall Will Fight Canelo At 168, 175, Wherever He Wants Lomachenko: Lopez Talks Too Much - If You Insult Me, Prepare For Pain Chisora: Tyson Fury Has Promised Me A Third Fight; He Owes It To Me Joshua Buatsi Expects Tough Clash With Marko Calic Chantelle Cameron Could See a War in Araujo WBC Title Clash Pacquiao: I'd Only Fight McGregor If I'm Co-Promoter of The Event Gamboa's Manager: Fight With Devin Haney Will Not Disappoint Bryan Polaco, Omar Rosario Grace Undercard Of October 2 Boxeo Telemundo Show Boxing's Competitive Health Merits Celebration Andy Ruiz Says Ring Return Pushed To 2021, Training With Reynoso Davis vs. Santa Cruz Moves To Oct. 31 In San Antonio With Fans In Attendance Usyk's Handlers Believe Joshua Will Vacate WBO Belt To Fight Fury Charles Conwell Hopes To Fight For a World Title By The End of Next Year Ohara Davies Edges Tyrone McKenna in Golden Contract Final Arum: Fury-Wilder III No Longer Scheduled For 12/19; Could Occur Earlier Devin Haney-Yuriorkis Gamboa: Announcement Imminent For 11/7 Fight Hearn: Joshua Will Go To Great Lengths To Make Fury Fight Happen Daniel Jacobs, Gabe Rosado Reach Agreement To Fight November 27 David Navarro, 2020 U.S. Olympic Alternate Signs With Split T's Tim VanNewhouse Jose Zepeda: I Want To Make It Clear That I Am Ready For Anybody Teixeira: If WBO Authorizes, I Will Be Happy To End Charlo's Career And Then Fight Castano Mikey Garcia: Manny Pacquiao Fighting Me Next 100%, Not Conor McGregor Ohara Davies: I'm Ready To Shut Everyone Up; I'm A Lot Better Than Fans Think Kane Baker Feels Mentally Ready For a Good "Tear Up" With Aqib Fiaz Linus Udofia: I Want To Show John Harding is Not On My Level Joshua: Fury Went Pro in 2008, Never Thought I Would Catch Up To Him News: Petros Ananyan, Atid Oberlton, Joe Ham, More Manny Pacquiao Ring Return Will Likely Require Some Fans in Venue Ivan Baranchyk: To Be The Best at 140 - That's My Motivation Cazares: I'll Knock Canelo's Freckles Off, Reynoso Can Pick Them Up! Canelo Alvarez Refiles Breach of Contract Suit Against DAZN, Golden Boy, De La Hoya Casimero Wants Inoue But Now Has Other Options, Says Gibbons Angel and Chavez Barrientes Discuss Upcoming PBC Bouts Edgar Berlanga's Promoter Hopes Bellows Will Last a Few Rounds
Latest Forum Threads