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.
Riakporhe edged two out of three judges’ scorecards
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.