News Staff November 13, 2018

The fight between South-Londoner Richard Riakpore and boxer Sam Hyde was brought to a halt by the referee after the 25-year-old Mancunian received a devastating blow, which caused an injury to his eye in the eighth round.

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Richard Riakporhe fought on the undercard for Oleksandr Usyk vs Tony Bellew on Saturday night at the arena.

Hyde was brought to a halt by the referee after the 25-year-old from Sale received a devastating blow, which caused an injury to his eye in the eighth round.

Pundits described the injury as one of the worst they’d ever seen. Cornerman Joe Gallagher threw the towel in and referee Steve Gray called a halt to proceedings.

After the fight, Riakporhe shared a screenshot of a conversation between him and Hyde on Twitter.

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Riakporhe messaged Hyde enquiring if his eye was fine and said ‘it was truly a pleasure to share the ring with you.’
Hyde responded saying it was ‘one of those things’ and that ‘it was a great scrap.’
Riakporhe hashtagged the tweeted message with #Respect.

Riakporhe later said on Sam – who he described as ‘a perfect dancing partner’ post-match -: “Hyde is a warrior! He has heart. He wanted to continue after receiving that injury.”

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The headlining fight saw Ukranian cruiserweight champion Oleksadr Usyk deafeat Liverpool’s Tony Bellew, also in the eighth round. Bellew was knocked down and got back up but the fight as stopped.

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