WBO globe cruiserweight champion Lawrence Okolie demanded “an formal callout” from Richard Riakporhe, and his London rival duly obliged.
On Saturday Riakporhe defeat a mutual opponent in Krzysztof Glowacki, stopping the Pole in four rounds, two rounds more quickly than Okolie managed in 2021.
The get leaves Riakporhe well positioned to problem for a environment title. Okolie first has to appear by a obligatory defence in opposition to David Light but would relish an all-British clash with his fellow Londoner.
“I am selection a single,” Okolie advised Sky Athletics News. “Richard’s a person who’s not scared, he is not fearful. He won’t glimpse at me and say: ‘Lawrence is unbeatable’. He believes in himself, in his capabilities, in his education.
“But unfortunately I will not believe it truly is heading to be plenty of the working day me and him battle each and every other. But that is my belief and the only way to come across that out is to actually get in the ring and make it transpire.”
Immediately after his win on Saturday night time Riakporhe had named for a shot at any of the earth champions. “I believe I am No 1. I have normally thought it deep inside of me and [fighting Okolie] will be a excellent opportunity for me to show it,” Riakporhe reported when the two fighters appeared head-to-head on Sky Sports Information on Tuesday.
“As extended as the business is proper, it would be terrific to have yet another title [on the line in the fight] as effectively. Due to the fact we can make a massive unification fight.”
Okolie reported: “I respect every fighter. I respect the techniques that he is obtained. But as before long as anyone claims they want what you have – your belt, your title, to knock you out – as quickly as I hear an individual say my name, as my monitor document reveals, I’m all set to go.
“Champions need to fight champions and then contenders ought to be dying to struggle champions. Which is the vitality that I am on and I’ve been on it,” he continued.
“Which is why I’m a degree higher than. I’m able to say: ‘Forget all this other stuff. I just want smoke’.
“When I was coming up searching for a globe title, my electrical power was never ever: ‘Oh, if the value was right. Oh, if the small business is great.’ It truly is just I want to battle.
“Do not say: ‘I’m a fighter if the business enterprise helps make sense’.”
Okolie went on to demand: “I want to listen to an formal callout ideal now from Richard, if he is up for it. Since I didn’t sense the 1 that he did the other day. I want to feel him right now. So that when I’m going to education I’m contemplating, ‘After I beat my mandatory, that’s one we can make up coming if none of the other champions want a unification.'”
Riakporhe failed to wait to choose up his supply. “We can make it occur for certain,” he replied.
“You know me, Lawrence. I am a fighter and that’s what I do. I was born to battle so we can make it come about this year. If you’re on it, I am on it.
“Let’s just make it occur this yr. Very simple.”