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Madonna Reportedly Growing Close to British Boxer Richard Riakporhe

Pop icon Madonna has recently been linked to British boxer Richard Riakporhe, following her high-profile breakup with Josh Popper. According to The Sun, the 65-year-old singer and the 34-year-old boxer have been spending more time together, sparking rumours of a budding romance.

Madonna and Josh Popper, who began dating earlier this year, ended their relationship due to the singer’s demanding seven-month tour schedule, which left little time for the couple. Popper, a 30-year-old boxer and trainer, met Madonna when her son David Banda started taking boxing lessons from him. Despite their split, sources indicate that Madonna and Popper have chosen to remain friends.

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The connection between Madonna and Riakporhe reportedly began in 2023, when Riakporhe modelled for Burberry, an event where they first crossed paths. An insider revealed, “Madonna and Richard have mutual friends and initially connected through the fashion industry. They enjoy each other’s company and get along great, but for now, they are just close friends.”

In October 2023, Madonna fueled the rumours by sharing a picture of herself sitting on Riakporhe’s lap on social media, captioning it, “I had to sit somewhere.” This post created a buzz among fans and the media, hinting at a closer relationship between the two.

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Riakporhe’s Background

Richard Riakporhe, born on 5th January 1990, to Nigerian parents, grew up in the Aylesbury Estate in Walworth, London. Standing at an impressive 6 feet 5 inches, Riakporhe is unbeaten in 17 bouts, with 13 of his victories coming via knockout. His life took a dramatic turn at 15 when he survived a stabbing during an attempted robbery, an experience that could have ended his promising future in boxing.

Riakporhe recently hinted that Madonna might attend his upcoming world title fight against Chris Billam-Smith at Selhurst Park Stadium, should she be in London at the time. This has only added to the speculation about their relationship status.

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