Whyte vs Rivas: Richard Riakpore defeats Chris Billam Smith on points Whyte vs Rivas: Richard Riakpore defeats Chris Billam Smith on points
Chris Billam-Smith did not agree with the judges' verdict Chris Billam-Smith did not agree with the judges’ verdict Richard Riakporhe outpointed Chris Billam-Smith to... Whyte vs Rivas: Richard Riakpore defeats Chris Billam Smith on points

Whyte vs Rivas: Richard Riakpore defeats Chris Billam Smith on points

Chris Billam-Smith did not agree with the judges' verdict

Chris Billam-Smith did not agree with the judges’ verdict

Richard Riakporhe outpointed Chris Billam-Smith to win the battle between the undefeated cruiserweights and retain his WBA Inter-Continental title.

Riakporhe secured victory via a split decision after a close 10-rounder to extend his record to 10 straight wins and hand Billiam Smith’s his first professional defeat.

After a tight opener and a scrappy second, Billam-Smith began to go to work behind his jab while Riakporhe went head hunting with some wild hooks.

Whyte vs Rivas: Richard Riakpore defeats Chris Billam Smith on points

Riakporhe edged two out of three judges’ scorecards

Whyte vs Rivas: Richard Riakpore defeats Chris Billam Smith on points

Richard Riakporhe backs Chris Billam-Smith up onto the ropes

The pair traded right hands in the fifth but neither man could follow up their shots in an evenly matched nip-and-tuck contest.

Riakporhe blooded his opponent’s nose in the sixth and caught him in the seventh with an uppercut and a heavy left hook, which left Billam-Smith dangling over the top rope and receive a standing count.

A tired Billam-Smith was being beaten to the punch in the eighth and Riakporhe again began to unload heavy shots in search of a stoppage.

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