Oleksandr Usyk could target winner of Chris Billam-Smith vs Richard Riakporhe after Tyson Fury rematch | boxing news

Oleksandr Usyk has welcomed his return to cruiserweight, which could put him on a collision course with the winner of Chris Billam-Smith vs Richard Riakporhe.

Billam-Smith defends his WBO cruiserweight title against Riakporhe in a big rematch at Selhurst Park on June 15. live on Sky Sportsand Usyk could be watching with interest.

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Chris Billam-Smith has already faced Richard Riakporhe at Selhurst Park

The Ukrainian star, who defeated Tyson Fury to become undisputed heavyweight champion last month, is keen to regain all the cruiserweight titles, including Billam-Smith’s WBO belt.

Talking about the 3 Knockdown rule On the podcast, Usyk said: “I think maybe after the rematch, I’m going to go down in weight to cruiserweight. I want more (fights at) cruiserweight.”

Usyk will face Fury again on December 21 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

His manager Egis Klimas added: “Maybe we will go back to cruiserweight. We talked about it yesterday, to be undisputed for the second time in the cruiserweight division.”

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BOXXER CEO Ben Shalom, who promotes Billam-Smith and Riakporhe, admits both fighters would jump at the chance to share the ring with Usyk.

He said sky sports: “If Oleksandr Usyk decides to return to cruiserweight, we could see a big stadium fight here in the UK against the winner of Chris Billam-Smith and Richard Riakporhe for the WBO world cruiserweight title.

“Usyk dominated the cruiserweight division before moving up to heavyweight to become undisputed champion. What he has accomplished in the sport is incredible. He is a generational talent. He is arguably the pound-for-pound best in the world.

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“Despite his skill, I know that both Chris Billam-Smith and Richard Riakporhe would relish the opportunity to test themselves against him in the ring.”

Billam-Smith is attempting to avenge his points loss to Riakporhe, who battles at the home of his beloved football team Crystal Palace in an action-packed card.

Shalom said: “Things are really starting to heat up ahead of our big showdown at the Summer Stadium next weekend. It will be a huge celebration of outdoor boxing capped by an unmissable national world title fight at the highest level. .

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“I have visited both fighters in camp. They both look in great shape and are extremely confident that they will win.

“We have a packed card of European and Commonwealth cruiserweight title fights between Isaac Chamberlain and Jack Massey, Ben Whittaker looking to silence Ezra Arenyeka following his antics at his last press conference, plus the return of Dan Azeez and Francesca Hennessy.

“There will be an electric atmosphere inside Selhurst Park. Palace fans are known for their vocal support. As well as the boxing, we will have music and entertainment to give the event a real summer festival vibe.”

Only 30 per cent of tickets remain for the Billam-Smith vs Riakporhe match. Get your tickets now via Boxxer.com.

Watch Chris Billam-Smith defend his WBO world cruiserweight title against Richard Riakporhe at Selhurst Park, live on Sky Sports on Saturday 15 June.

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