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Chris Billam-Smith considers himself as a superior fighter to Richard Riakporhe

Chris Billam-Smith considers himself as a superior fighter to Richard Riakporhe

Chris Billam-Smith thinks he had a superior career to Richard Riakporhe.

The British fighter will defend his WBO cruiserweight world title against his compatriot on Saturday (15.06.24) and thinks that his world title success proves that he is a better fighter than Riakporhe even though he lost their previous contest in 2019.

Billam-Smith told The Gloves Are Off: "I've said that you've improved in some areas, but really you haven't stepped up.

"We're not level. Because I've won a world title and defended it. You've avoided a world.

"You were mandatory for Jai Opetaia, were you not? So why has that fight not happened before that?

"The fact is the fight didn't happen. You haven't fought for a world title until now, so up to this point, who's had a better career?"

Billam-Smith is enjoying the pressure of being a world champion and has declared that he will be a "massive step up" for the undefeated Riakporhe.

The Bournemouth fighter said: "I love that if there's more pressure on me, then brilliant. I said that last year there was no more pressure in my career than that fight [against Okolie], so I loved it and I loved the pressure.

"And for me there's a huge amount of pressure on me in this fight because there's a legacy at stake.

"I think he's a massive step up from where he's been in terms of headlining, the type of opponent, the experience that his opponents have had in the past and where they're at in their career.

"This is a very, very hungry version of me. You never have a complete fighter, but I'm a much better fighter than I was last time, that's for sure, and much better than anyone he's faced. I think it is a big, big leap in levels."

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