As his sponsor, we have no doubt that Craig Spider Richards is ready to return with a victory
There was a spell of almost a year where Craig ‘Spider’ Richards did not enter the ring. This was not the fault of the Londoner, who was forced to wait until the 18th of December 2020 to fight Shakan Pitters, having previously met Chad Sugden on the 19th of December 2019. However, there will be no such delay between fights in 2021 and Richards is set to meet Marek Matyja at the O2 Arena, London, on the 30th of October, having lost to Dmitry Bivol in May.
The defeat against Bivol was only the second loss in the professional career of Richards. The WBA Super light-heavyweight title was on the line in Manchester and the Russian proved to be tough opposition. Bivol, the defending champion, came out on top via a points decision but there was enough from the performance to suggest Richards is ready to challenge frequently on the world stage.
The meeting with Bivol was the biggest fight to date for Richards, who said after the event,
“When you get to world level, they hit harder, they are stronger, and their fitness is better,” before continuing, “All my questions had been answered by the second half of the fight and I was able to press a bit more.
“I showed my endurance, he began to fade towards the end but I was always coming on more. I think I could have carried on for a few more rounds.”
It was a step up in class for Richards, who learned a lot from the fight and will use the experience as he goes into the ring with Matyja at the O2 Arena. In reference to the Bivol fight, Richards said,
“I showed that my training worked 100%. To go better than the world champion towards the end of the fight showed the strength of my training.”
That training has been continuing in recent months, with Matyja the full focus. Matyja is a Polish boxer and has 24 fights to his name as a professional. He comes to London on the back of three successive victories, beating Maksym Mishchenko, Bartlomiej Grafka, and Ondrej Budera. His most recent fight was against Mishchenko in July and Matyja won the contest via technical knockout.
However, knockout blows are something of a rarity as far as Matyja is concerned and he has stopped his opponent only three times in his previous 10 fights. Richards has stopped his opponent more regularly in recent fights and that makes the Englishman the favourite to succeed.
The bookmakers also feel that Craig Spider Richards is ready to return with a victory
Indeed, the bookmakers are firmly in the corner of Richards for this one and make him the clear favourite to win. Richards will be determined to put the defeat against Bivol behind him but not forget the lessons learned from that fight. This bout is a step towards another world title challenge and Richards knows he will have to be at his best to come out on top.
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Be sure to read about some of his other fights and our chat with him.
- Craig ‘Spider’ Richards on his World-Class Performance against Dmitry Bivol
- Craig ‘Spider’ Richards’ Excellent Performance in WBA Light-Heavyweight World Championship Bout
- “I will do it again”: Craig ‘Spider’ Richards to introduce himself to boxing fans worldwide
- A Matter of Mindset: Craig Spider Richards on his upcoming World Champion Bout
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