Nigerian-born unbeaten boxing champion, Raphael Akpejiori, has disclosed his desire to get in the ring with Dillian Whyte and Tyson Fury after he defeated Steven Lyons in the opening round of their fight on Saturday.
The 30-year-old boxer has knocked out all 12 of his opponents within two rounds. He had a brief amateur, compiling a record of 13–1 (10 KOs), and has been invited by the Nigerian Boxing Federation to compete for Nigeria at the Tokyo Olympics as a super-heavyweight.
He told Sky Sports, “If I was going to name a dream fight for me next year, I would say Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte. Those are two guys I know I can step in the ring with and beat both of them.
“But my goal is to have the heavyweight belts in my hand. Once I’ve accomplished that, everything else will fall in place,” he said.
The Lagos born boxer explained that he excels against boxers like Fury and Dillian Whyte. “I excel against guys like that, because that’s what I do very well. I bring pain and I believe that those guys are the kind of guys who believe they bring pain, and I believe I do that better than them,” he explained.
The 6′ 8″ tall 30-year-old is guided by trainer Glen Johnson, a former world light-heavyweight champion.
Akpejiori made his professional debut on 14 September 2018, scoring a first-round technical knockout (TKO) victory over Omar Acosta at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. The Nigerian Hurricane has had 12 total fights, all of which he won by knockouts.