In a time in British boxing when tantalizing clashes and real 50/50 fights are few and far between there is a young Cruiserweight prospect banging the drum for a real fight. Deion Jumah (13-0 KO 7) is banging the drum for a fight with British Cruiserweight champion Richard Riakporhe (11-0 KO 8).
A fight between the pair would be welcomed in a time when these types of clashes don’t come around often. To be fair to both men they have fought some solid British competition so far, the champion holds wins over the likes of Jack Massey, Chris Billam-Smith and Tommy McCarthy, whereas Jumah holds wins over the likes of Wadi Camacho and Sam Hyde.
“I haven’t heard anything from Riakporhe or his team, but of course it’s a fight I want, and I want it now. I just want the fight signed and sealed so I can focus on it.”
Despite this obvious choice of a fight, Jumah claims he is worried that the clash won’t happen for different reasons.
“I’m scared that the fight might not happen for whatever reason, whether that’s because he vacates or because he says he wants to go World level, but it is a fight I want, and I want it soon.”
Jumah does feel like he beats Riakporhe and has seen a few holes in his game to make him very confident for the potential clash with the highly touted Matchroom prospect.
“I see an absolute boxing clinic and a late stoppage for me of course. I think he shows a lot of weaknesses, he doesn’t have much confidence in his boxing skills or his conditioning, he hates being hated, absolutely hates it.”
Jumah believes that despite Riakporhe trying to work on things in his last fight he reverted back to his old style and that major weaknesses were shown.
“I did see his last fight, in the first two rounds they’d been working on things like his shape and his jab but it became very scrappy, a lot of holding.
“I find his boxing still very immature, just the things he does and the decisions he makes, as well as he hits, because he is a very hard hitter, he is the worse finisher you’ll ever see, he’s not composed with it and doesn’t know how to finish an opponent and with me, you’ll only ever get one chance you’re never going to get it again.”
Deion believes he has the skill and knowledge that will help him beat Richard, he believes he can punch, defend and box against him without being intimidated.
“It’ll be interesting to see him against me, someone who can actually defend, which I can, and someone who can also hit, because I can but someone who can also box, will be interesting to see what he does then.
“Massey was a little bit intimidated in that last fight so it will also be interesting to see someone who isn’t intimidated so it’s a fight he should take.”
Deion does concede that he doesn’t have as much one-punch power as Riakporhe but does feel like he can set up the shots to knockout anybody.
“Yeah, I do feel like I could land on Richard, do I think I have as much one punch power as him? No, I don’t but I’m capable, if I get you clean if I set up the shot correctly I can knockout anybody.”
With fears of the Riakporhe fight not happening, Jumah feels that a fight with another Riakporhe opponent should be the next logical step.