WBO world cruiserweight champion Lawrence Okolie asked Richard Riakporhe to “beg” and his Londoner obliged.
On Saturday, Riakporhe beat another opponent in Krzysztof Glowacki, stopping the Pole in four laps, two laps faster than Okolie did in 2021.
The win leaves Riakporhe in a good position to compete in the international competition. Okolie had to come up in defense against David Light but enjoyed the British clash with his London counterpart.
“I’m number one,” Okolie said Sky Sports news. “Richard is a man who is fearless, he is not afraid. He doesn’t look at me and say: ‘Lawrence is invincible’. He believes in himself, in his skills, in his studies.
“But unfortunately I don’t think it will be enough the day me and him fight. But that’s my opinion and the only way to know that is to get in the ring and make it happen.”
After winning on Saturday night, Riakporhe called for a shot at everyone in the international game. “I believe I am No 1. I have always believed deeply in myself as well [fighting Okolie] it will be a good chance for me to prove it,” said Riakporhe as both fighters appeared Sky Sports news the second.
“As long as the business is right, it would be good to have another title [on the line in the fight] also. Because we can make a big joint war. “
Okolie said: “I respect every fighter. I respect the skills they have. But as soon as someone says they want what you have – your belt, your name, to knock them down – as soon as I hear someone say my name, as my record shows, I’m ready to go.
“The winners have to fight the champions and then the opponents have to die to fight the champions. That’s the power I live in and I’ve been there,” he said.
“That’s why I’m on top. I can say: ‘Forget all this other stuff. I just want to smoke’.
“When I was coming to seek a national position, my strength was not there: ‘Oh, if the price was right. Oh, if the business was good.’ I just want to fight.
“Don’t say: ‘I’m a fighter if the business makes sense’.”
Okolie went on to say: “I want to hear the invitation of the government right now from Richard, if he wants. Because I didn’t hear what he did the other day. I want to believe him right now. When I go to training I think, ‘After I win my admissions, that’s what we can do next if nobody of other experts they want a deal.’
Riakporhe did not hesitate to agree. “We can make it happen,” he replied.
“You Lawrence know me, I’m a fighter and that’s what I do. I was born to fight so we can finish this year, if you have them I live.
“Let’s just make it happen this year. Simple.”