آس 90 : Details Emerge About Andrew Wiggins’ Leave From Warriors

Details Emerge About Andrew Wiggins' Leave From Warriors


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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JANUARY 12: Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Golden State Warriors controls the ball against the Chicago Bulls on January 12, 2024 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
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Earlier this week, the Golden State Warriors were without Andrew Wiggins, who wasn’t with the team because of a “personal matter.”

He hasn’t played with the Warriors since then.

According to Shams Charania, via NBACentral, Wiggins is “dealing and tending to a serious family matter.”

There is no other information about the situation nor a timetable for Wiggins’ return.

Head coach Steve Kerr briefly spoke about Wiggins earlier this week when he sat down with 95.7 The Game.

“We’re in a position where Wiggs is a private person and he’s asked to keep it private and we’re gonna honor that,” Kerr said, adding that the Warriors do expect him back but they don’t know when.

This isn’t the first time that Wiggins has missed time due to personal reasons.

Last season, he sat out of the final 25 games of the regular season because of a “family matter.”

No other official explanation was given at the time, although NBA reporters would later say that Wiggins’ father was grappling with a medical problem.

Wiggins eventually came back for the playoffs and participated in all 13 games before the Warriors were pushed out of the postseason by the Los Angeles Lakers.

This season, Wiggins has been averaging 12.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game, shooting 45.5% from the field and 35.1% from the three-point line.

It has been a tough season for the player, although he has improved a bit lately.

The Warriors have been on a strong streak of wins lately, scoring victories in 10 of their last 12 games.

The loss of Wiggins could hurt the team but they will have to persist and push through without him, hoping that he can deal with his family matter and return soon.

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آس 90 : Report: Matt Painter says Canada’s Zach Edey won’t return to Purdue next season

Report: Matt Painter says Canada’s Zach Edey won’t return to Purdue next season


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Purdue head coach Matt Painter told College Hoops Today’s Jon Rothstein that this will be Canadian centre Zach Edey’s final season of college basketball.

The Toronto native’s freshman season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which would allow him to play one more year at Purdue if he chose that route.

After winning the Naismith National Player of the Year in 2022-23, Edey is favoured to repeat in 2023-24. He would become just the third player to ever win the award multiple times, joining Bill Walton and Ralph Sampson.

The seven-foot-four 21-year-old is averaging 23.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game on 62.7 per cent shooting in 28 games this season.

Over his four seasons at Purdue, Edey has averaged 17.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

Purdue currently holds a 23-3 record and is ranked No. 3 in NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball.

Despite claiming the Big 10 title in 2023 — where Edey was named MVP of the tournament — Purdue had an unceremonious exit from the NCAA tournament, becoming just the second No. 1 seed to lose to a 16 seed.

Farleigh Dickinson shocked the Boilermakers with a 63-58 upset.

Edey entered the NBA Draft in 2023, but chose to return to Purdue on his final day to make a decision.

He is ranked 13th on ESPN’s list of best prospects for the 2024 NBA Draft.


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آس 90 : F1 testing: Carlos Sainz fastest for Ferrari on Day Two in Bahrain as Lewis Hamilton shows promise for Mercedes | F1 News

F1 testing: Carlos Sainz fastest for Ferrari on Day Two in Bahrain as Lewis Hamilton shows promise for Mercedes | F1 News


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Carlos Sainz set the fastest time on day two of Formula 1 pre-season testing as Ferrari offered an impressive response to Red Bull’s strong start in Bahrain.

After reigning world champion Max Verstappen had topped the timesheet by more than a second on the first of three days of testing in Sakhir, Sainz was 0.7s clear of the Dutchman’s Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez on Thursday.

While Sainz’s leading effort came on the softer – and theoretically faster – C4 tyre than the medium C3 compound used by Perez, the performance suggested Red Bull may not be quite as far ahead as they had seemed 24 hours earlier.

Lewis Hamilton, who like Perez drove in both of Thursday’s sessions having not driven on Wednesday, was third for Mercedes as he finished the best part of 0.4s back from the Red Bull.

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Anthony Davidson analyses the Mercedes W15 under Lewis Hamilton’s control during the second day of testing

Lando Norris was fourth for McLaren despite a fuel system issue costing the Brit valuable track time during an afternoon session that was extended after the opening period had to be suspended because of a loose drain cover on track.

Daniel Ricciardo rounded out a top five filled exclusively with times set in the cooler and faster conditions of the evening session, but like Sainz used the softer C4 tyre.

Bahrain pre-season test: Day Two timesheet

Driver Team Time Laps Tyre
1) Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:29.921 84 C4
2) Sergio Perez Red Bull +0.758 129 C3
3) Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +1.145 123 C3
4) Lando Norris McLaren +1.335 52 C3
5) Daniel Ricciardo RB +1.440 88 C4
6) Charles Leclerc Ferrari +1.829 54 C3
7) Lance Stroll Aston Martin +2.108 96 C3
8) Esteban Ocon Alpine +0.xxx 78 C3
9) Valtteri Bottas Sauber +2.306 97 C3
10) Oscar Piastri McLaren +2.407 35 C3
11) Logan Sargeant Williams +2.657 117 C4
12) Fernando Alonso Aston Martin +3.132 31 C3
13) Zhou Guanyu Sauber +3.794 38 C3
14) Pierre Gasly Alpine +3.883 33 C3
15) Kevin Magnussen Haas +6.690 93 C3
16) Nico Hulkenberg Haas +7.588 31 C3
17) Yuki Tsunoda RB +8.153 40 C2

* the C5 tyre is the softest – and theoretically fastest – compound, while C1 is the hardest – and theoretically slowest – compound

More to follow…

Sky Sports F1’s pre-season testing schedule

Friday February 23 – Day Three

  • 6.50am-11.05am: Morning Session
  • 11.55am-4.05pm: Afternoon Session
  • 8pm: Testing Wrap
  • 8.30pm: Ted’s Testing Notebook
  • 9pm: Development Corner

When is the first F1 race?

Just one week after testing, the opening race of the 2024 season will begin with the Bahrain Grand Prix from February 29 to March 2.

Due to the Muslim holy period of Ramadan, the Bahrain and, seven days later, the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, will be held on a Saturday.

This means practice one and two will take place on Thursdays, with final practice and qualifying on Fridays.

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آس 90 : REACTION to Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea

REACTION to Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea


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Craig Burley, Frank Leboeuf and Mario Melchiot join Kay Murray on ESPN FC to react to Chelsea pulling away from Crystal Palace late with two goals in the 90th minute plus stoppage time to take all three points in Premier League play and extend their win streak against Crystal Palace to 13.

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آس 90 : The Career and Legacy of Baron “B.B.” Flenory

The Career and Legacy of Baron "B.B." Flenory


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Before I dive into the amazing career and legacy of B.B. Flenory, I want to share the great conversation I had with him on my podcast, Total Sports Recall. He is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet, and it was a pleasure to have him on the show.

The city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, used to have a professional basketball team from 1967 to 1972 that went by two names. They were the Pipers and then renamed to the Condors. They played in the old American Basketball Association (ABA) which eventually folded. There hasn’t been a pro team since. So, when it comes to basketball in the Steel City, talk is typically about the University of Pittsburgh Panthers or Duquesne University and the Dukes.

There is also plenty of great high school basketball so in Pittsburgh if you are talking about great players that came from the city, one might first mention Norm Nixon who played at Duquesne, then had a fine career with the Los Angeles Lakers. Billy Knight might come to mind as he starred at Pitt and then played in the NBA. But the most common, popular name, and perhaps the best basketball player ever in the city of Pittsburgh would be Baron “B.B.” Flenory.

B.B. Flenory began his basketball stardom in Pittsburgh by playing for Ridge Avenue Junior High School where he once scored 81 points in one game. That performance landed him in Sports Illustrated Magazine as part of the “Faces in the Crowd” column. In that season at Ridge Avenue Junior High, B.B. Flenory averaged 50.2 points per game.

While he was still in junior high, Flenory was offered a scholarship to play ball and attend Robert Louis Stevenson Prep School in Pebble Beach, California. But wanting to stay close to home so his parents could watch him play, Flenory stayed in school in Pittsburgh and attended Valley High School where he got his education and his time on the court.

At Valley, Flenory set the school’s single game scoring record of 52 points and four times scored over 40. For his years there, he scored 1,896 points. He accomplished that in just three seasons since freshman were not permitted to play on the varsity team. At Valley High School, B.B. Flenory was an A-K scoring champion and in multiple instances was named to the All-Section team as well as being named Section Most Valuable Player in not just his junior season but for his senior year as well.

Flenory was named to the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic League (WPIAL) first team all-state by the UPI and AP for both his junior and senior seasons. In his senior season, he was named the M.V.P. for the state of Pennsylvania. The very famous Parade All-American team placed Flenory on that team in his senior season making B.B. Flenory just one of 13 basketball players from Western Pennsylvania to ever receive that honor.

In Pittsburgh there used to be an annual tournament called the “Dapper Dan Roundball Classic” which B.B. Flenory played in several times. It would pit a Pennsylvania team of all-stars against an all-star team made up of players from around the United States. In one game of that tournament, Flenory scored 25 points to lead all scorers.

During his junior season Valley High School was ranked fifth in the country and that team was voted by area coaches as the greatest team in Allegheny-Kiski Valley area history. After a historic high school career, Flenory wanted to play ball in college at West Virginia University but instead stayed close to his parents by accepting a scholarship to play with Norm Nixon at Duquesne University his freshman year.

While playing for the Dukes, Flenory scored over 40 points twice. When he faced West Virginia University, his first choice school, Flenory scored 48 points in their coliseum establishing a new record for that facility and subsequently being named Sports Illustrated’s Player of the Week. West Virginia also had a tournament named the “West Virginia Mountaineer Classic” where Flenory scored 41 points in the first round of one tournament and then followed that up with another 48 in the championship game thus the 89 points scored became a tournament record and Flenory was named M.V.P.

While playing for Duquesne, B.B. Flenory was named to Atlantic 10’s first-team in both his junior and senior seasons. Flenory led the league in scoring during his junior season while averaging 21 points per game. Flenory is the only player in Duquesne basketball history to lead the team in scoring and assists in three straight seasons. The last time the Dukes made the NCAA March madness tournament was in 1977 and BB Flenory started for Duquesne in those playoffs as a freshman. B.B. was named captain of the team his senior year, and their team was invited to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

In 1980, B.B. Flenory was called for a tryout with the Boston Celtics. Of the rookies invited to training camp, Flenory was the final cut among other rookies. He explains that it wasn’t a case of him not being a good enough player but the competition to make the roster was at the highest level. The rookies that did make the team were none other than Larry Bird and Gerald Henderson. But also, on that roster were some very impressive names. Tiny Archibald, M.L. Carr, Don Chaney, Dave Cowens, Chris Ford, Cedric Maxwell, Rick Robey, and the great Pete Maravich. That talent was just too rich with some of these men eventually ending up in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

One of B.B. Flenory’s highest honors came in 2010 when he was inducted into the WPIAL Hall of Fame. Even more impressive is the fact that the Pittsburgh Basketball Club has created a new award named in his honor which will be the “BB Flenory Guard of the Year Award” and goes to the top high school guard in Western Pennsylvania. When asked about this honor B.B. said:

“I am really humbled and honored to have an award named after me. That may sound like the company line. I have received a lot of awards in my lifetime, but I have never received one as special as this. My legacy will live on and on for my kids, grandkids, and great grandkids. I began playing basketball in 3rd grade and this is one of the highlights of my life. In 1968 Valley had a great team and won the section championship and that’s when I knew that basketball was going to be my game.”

In New Kensington, Pennsylvania where B.B. Flenory grew up and played his basketball on community courts, there will be a court built in his honor. On Barnes Street in New Kensington there will be court number “15” the jersey number Flenory wore while in high school.

There have been numerous honors in B.B. Flenory’s life. In 2016, he was voted onto a team made up of 26 other players that were Duquesne University’s “All-Century” team. Flenory said, “I was glad the fans voted for me. It shows the fans from New Kensington and Pittsburgh remember B.B., and I appreciate it.”

So, anyone currently living in Pittsburgh, those who grew up in this great city, mention high school and college basketball and the name B.B. Flenory will absolutely come into the conversation. The name Flenory is synonymous with basketball in the Steel City. All the honors and accolades are well deserved. Basketball fans like me from Pittsburgh who had the opportunity to see B.B. Flenory play will remember well his flashy skills, his ball handling capabilities, and his all-around showmanship personality.

These days Flenory is a Transition Specialist at the Pressley Ridge School in Pittsburgh where he helps troubled and mentally challenged youths. Flenory also runs his own basketball camps and is the Vice President of the “Willie Thrower Foundation” that honors the memory of the former NFL quarterback, the first African American quarterback to play in the National Football League.

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آس 90 : South Africa vs India: Freedom Trophy Test Matches in Newlands and Cape Town

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The Indian cricket team aims to secure their maiden Test series victory in South Africa when they face the Proteas in a two-match Test series commencing on December 26th (Boxing Day) at the Centurion. The next test match will mark the debut of captain Rohit, experienced batsman Virat Kohli, and key fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah following their defeat in the final of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.  

India concluded the ODI series with a 2-1 victory despite playing with a less experienced team after drawing the T20I leg of their South Africa visit. They are optimistic that their success in limited-overs cricket will carry over to the game’s longer format as they aim to achieve their first-ever Test series win in South Africa.

India has been visiting South Africa since the 1992-93 season, although they have been unsuccessful in winning a Test series. In the 2010-11 season, the Proteas came close to winning but ultimately drew the penultimate match, resulting in a 1-1 tie for the three-match Test series.

India vs South Africa Test Series History (In South Africa)

Series  Year  Winner & Series Score 
India in South Africa (Test Series)  1992/93 South Africa wins series 1-0 (4) 
India in South Africa (Test Series) 1996/97 South Africa wins series 2-0 (3)
India in South Africa (Test Series) 2001/02 South Africa wins series 1-0 (2)
India in South Africa (Test Series) 2006/07 South Africa wins series 2-1 (3)
India in South Africa (Test Series) 2010/11 Drawn 1-1 (3) 
India in South Africa (Test Series) 2013/14 South Africa wins series 1-0 (2)
India in South Africa (Freedom Trophy) 2017/18 South Africa wins series 2-1 (3)
India in South Africa (Freedom Trophy) 2021/22 South Africa wins series 2-1 (3)

South Africa vs Indian Freedom Trophy Test Series 2023/24: Team Updates 

Several senior members not included in the white-ball teams have returned for the Test series. Rohit Sharma, who experienced heartache in the 2023 World Cup final, is set to play his first international game as the team’s leader since then. Ishan Kishan has opted out of the series due to personal circumstances, resulting in KS Bharat being selected as his successor. The development occurred within 48 hours following Mohammed Shami’s exclusion from the tour due to his ankle issue.

India has suffered another setback as Ruturaj Gaikwad has been out from the Test series owing to a fractured finger, which is expected to require approximately five weeks for recovery.

Temba Bavuma, who was given a break during the ODI series, will resume his role as the leader of the South African team. However, it is unclear if Kagiso Rabada can play, even though he has been included in the squad.

The left-arm seamer Nandre Burger, who performed exceptionally well in the limited-overs matches, has been selected for his first Test match, along with batsman David Bedingham and Tristan Stubbs. Additionally, wicket-keeper Kyle Verreynee has been brought back into the team. Dean Elgar, the ex-South Africa skipper, has officially declared his retirement, making this series his final appearance.

SA vs. IND Test Series 2023/24: Predictions and Odds 

In 2021, during their most recent tour to Centurion, India emerged victorious in the Test match held at SuperSport Park, marking the beginning of their series with a triumph. However, they subsequently suffered defeats in matches held at Newlands and the Wanderers.

There is no doubt about the excellence of India’s fast bowlers, but they must also be cautious about their over-rates while relying largely on their quicks.

South Africa had emerged victorious in eight out of their previous nine Test matches at SuperSport Park. However, the defeat against India stands out as an exception. The opening duo of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal played a crucial role in the first stages of the contest.

Betting odds from the recommended bookies in India have released prices for the first test series match on December 26: 

South Africa [2.72] 

Indian [2.36]

Regardless of how powerful the SuperSport Park wicket appears, the team that wins the toss will almost surely begin batting first.

Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin’s versatility could give India a significant batting depth advantage over South Africa, which relies heavily on specialists.

Injury concerns also plague South Africa’s premier fast bowlers, as Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi have missed the white-ball series due to nagging ailments.

And for these reasons, we believe the sportsbooks are correct in placing India as the betting favourite. 

South Africa vs. Indian Test Series Head-to-Head History (Overall) 

Tests Played  32
India Won 15
South Africa Won  17
Drawn 0
Tied  0
IND Win Percentage  46%
SA Win Percentage  53%
First Played  1992 
Most Recent  2022

South Africa vs. India Freedom Trophy Complete Schedule 

  • 1st Test – December 26-30 @ 01:30 P.M IST (SuperSport Park, Centurion) 
  • 2nd Test – January 1, 2024 @ 01:30 P.M. IST (Newlands, Cape Town)

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آس 90 : Key Eagles WR Will Be Out For Bucs Game

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A general view of a Philadelphia Eagles logo prior to a game against the New York Giants in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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The Philadelphia Eagles can’t seem to catch a break right now.

On top of their current slump, they will now be without one of their best players for their Monday night wild card matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, star W.R. A.J. Brown will miss the game with a knee injury, but he’s expected to be available next week if the team advances to the NFC Divisional Round.

The former Tennesee Titans star injured his knee in the regular season finale during the loss to the New York Giants.

He missed his second straight practice on Friday and also made the news for wiping out all Eagles-related information and pictures from his Instagram account and deactivating his Twitter account.

At least both Jalen Hurts and DeVonta Smith have been full participants at practice and are fully expected to be healthy and play in this must-win matchup.

The Eagles started off the season 10-1 but lost five of their last six games.

They wasted multiple opportunities to run away with the NFC East Division and get the No. 2 seed in the NFC, and they’re on upset alert against a tough Buccaneers defense that could give them a lot of trouble.

Crazy as it may seem, this has put Nick Sirianni on the hot seat, as he seems to have lost his locker room’s trust.

It’s not usual to see a team firing a coach just one year after making this Super Bowl, but their meltdown hasn’t been usual, either.

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آس 90 : CBFS T10 League 2023 Points Table: CBFS S-10 League 2023 Team Standings

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CBFS T10 League 2023 Points Table: CBFS S-10 League 2023 Team Standings

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Points tale for the CBFS T10 League 2023 (CBFS S-10 League 2023), which is scheduled to be played from November 3, 2023 to November 29, 2023 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

CBFS S-10 League 2023 Points Table

# Team Team Played P Won W Lost L No Result N/R Net Run Rate NRR Points Pts
1 Seven Districts SVD 7 7 6 6 1 1 0 0 +3.621 +3.621 12 12
2 CSS Group CSG 6 6 5 5 1 1 0 0 +1.279 +1.279 10 10
3 The Vision Shipping TVS 6 6 5 5 1 1 0 0 +0.609 +0.609 10 10
4 Gems Education CC GED 6 6 4 4 2 2 0 0 +2.017 +2.017 8 8
5 Karwan Cricket Club KWN 6 6 3 3 3 3 0 0 +1.266 +1.266 6 6
6 Alif Pharma ALP 6 6 3 3 3 3 0 0 -0.084 -0.084 6 6
7 Seven Districts Juniors SVDJ 5 5 2 2 3 3 0 0 -0.026 -0.026 4 4
8 Z Games Strikers ZGS 6 6 2 2 4 4 0 0 -0.185 -0.185 4 4
9 Ajman Heroes AJH 6 6 2 2 4 4 0 0 -1.344 -1.344 4 4
10 SA Sport Club SSC 6 6 2 2 4 4 0 0 -2.406 -2.406 4 4
11 Prim Height Transport PHT 6 6 1 1 5 5 0 0 -0.945 -0.945 2 2
12 Stallions Sports Academy STP 6 6 1 1 5 5 0 0 -4.042 -4.042 2 2

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آس 90 : Canucks forward Hoglander fined $2.8k for slew-footing

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The NHL’s Department of Player Safety says Canucks forward Nils Hoglander has been fined for slew-footing San Jose’s Kevin Labanc during Vancouver’s 3-1 win on Monday.

Hoglander has been fined US$2,864.58, the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the NHL Players’ Association.

The Swedish forward was given a match penalty for the infraction and ejected from the game with Connor Garland serving the penalty for his teammate.

The incident happened near the end of the second period in front of the Canucks’ bench, with Hoglander initially being given a minor penalty before that was overturned.

The Canucks doubled their lead shortly after the incident, with Sam Lafferty scoring a shorthanded goal.

Hoglander has five goals and eight points in 17 games this season, his fourth with the Canucks.

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آس 90 : Richard Riakporhe: ‘If I’d had more experience, I would have knocked Chris Billam-Smith out!’ | Boxing News

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Richard Riakporhe and Chris Billam-Smith have a past. They could well figure in each other’s futures.

Riakporhe defeated Billam-Smith on a close split decision in 2019 and remains an unbeaten cruiserweight contender.

Bournemouth’s Billam-Smith went on to become the WBO world champion, a title he will defend against Mateusz Masternak on December 10.

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Cruiserweight contender Richard Riakporhe says he welcomes a fight with domestic rival Lawrence Okolie down the line

Riakporhe remains the only professional opponent to have defeated Billam-Smith, although to this day Billam-Smith questions the decision and the knockdown that was given against him.

The Londoner declared: “If there’s debate about it, we can definitely do it again.

“With that fight it was a close decision. I believe I did enough to win the fight. I was confident that I got the W, even before the scorecards were read out,” Riakporhe maintained. “There was one judge that called out the fight in his favour.

“Apart from that, everybody was in favour of me, because I was showing my strength in there, dictating the fight, initiating, throwing cleaner shots, big shots landing.

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Speaking on the Toe2Toe podcast, Richard Riakporhe insists that he can go one better and get the knockout in a rematch with current WBO cruiserweight champion Chris Billam-Smith

“If I was more experienced, I would have knocked him out. Definitely knocked him out. I didn’t really know what I was doing, smothered my work. It was my ninth fight.

“I’m way more mature now. If I hurt you, I should be able to take you out straightaway.”

Riakporhe could force that rematch. He is the No 1 contender at cruiserweight for the WBO and expects to be called as the mandatory challenger.

“That’s bound to be ordered very soon. As soon as that’s ordered we’re going to be literally discussing when, where and who. Because it all depends who comes out on top on December 10,” he said.

Riakporhe has also been in the ring with Masternak, when sparring in training.

“I’ve done a few camps with Mateusz Masternak. I understand his style, I know the way he fights. I know what he’s going to bring. He’s definitely a warrior, very tough and I think that fight is going to be a very entertaining fight for the boxing public,” the Londoner said.

“The styles will definitely gel. Masternak’s a warrior. His dream is to become a world champion.

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Richard Riakporhe beat Krzysztof Glowacki in impressive fashion and was quick to target world title fights for the near future

“I think CBS should do it, but he can’t take his eye off the ball. He has to be on point every single round, switched on.”

Riakporhe had the option to fight IBF titlist Jai Opetaia earlier this year as well as an agreement to box Arsen Goulamirian, the WBA cruiserweight champion. He accepted the latter only for the deal to fall through.

“We found out that he had some legal issues with his promoters. The rest is history. We had to move on,” the Londoner said. “Energy was high. We thought it was 100 per cent a go. Then we heard he had some issues. It was actually done.

“Once we do get our shot, we’re going to do everything in our power to rip it off whoever’s champion. Literally. They will know. They will know,” he added.

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Highlights of Richard Riakporhe’s stunning stoppage of Krzysztof Glowacki in Manchester

“Every single champion, which is why it’s been so complicated getting the shot in the first place. It’s going to be a hard night for every single one of them.

“You will see the displays when that time comes, when I challenge.”

He is now positioned to secure a shot at Billam-Smith, as long as he doesn’t slip up against Dylan Bregeon on Saturday in Wolverhampton, live on Sky Sports.

France’s Bregeon has previously gone the distance with Billam-Smith and Isaac Chamberlain. He is a gritty, durable opponent.

“I put it all at risk,” he said. “That’s what us guys do.

“I’m going to focus on Bregeon first.”

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Richard Riakporhe stopped Fabio Turchi with a vicious body shot in the second round at Wembley Arena

Riakporhe is on the cusp of a big year coming up. As well as meeting Billam-Smith, he has a burgeoning rivalry with Lawrence Okolie, the Hackney cruiserweight, who lost his WBO championship to Billam-Smith.

“I believe it can happen in 2024,” Riakporhe said of Okolie. “The boxing public they hate his style.

“They don’t want to watch this guy no more. I’ll do the fans a favour get rid of him.”

A defeat on Saturday would be disastrous for Riakporhe. He must win, but he also has to hone the tools that would need to conquer his British rivals.

“I wouldn’t mind some rounds [against Bregeon]. We always go for the knockout. So if I smell blood, that’s it, the fight’s going to be over in an instant,” he said.


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“I always go for the knockout,” Riakporhe continued. “That’s why I stand out from a lot of other fighters.

“It just takes one shot for the fight to finish and that’s what we always want to do and that’s what the fans like to see.

“That’s my gift.”

Watch Richard Riakporhe vs Dylan Bregeon on Sky Sports Main Event from 7pm on Saturday

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