Viddal Riley hints at another early stoppage weeks after Jake Paul call-out
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Cruiserweight boxing star Viddal Riley brushed off comments from Jake Paul before warning he is targeting another early stoppage in his next fight.
The former-YouTuber called out the Boxxer star before he overcame Anderson Silva via an unanimous decision. Riley is also known for the time he spent coaching British YouTube sensation and close friend KSI, who has developed somewhat of a rivalry with Paul.
Riley is set to face Ross McGuigan at the Manchester Arena on November 12 in a contest which will likely see one of them lose their unbeaten streak. And Riley suggested he is targeting another early stoppage, after he recently overcame Jone Volau after less than one minute.
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“My fight in February, it went the distance, but he touched the canvas in the first round,” Riley said ominously, when asked about the bout against McGuigan. “[In] June, [I] hit him, [he] touched the canvas, first round.
"So don’t go and get any nachos when you hear I am next because you might miss something.” Riley has been electrifying ever since he returned to the squared circle in February.
He made his long-awaited return after nearly two years away from professional boxing, by overcoming Willbeforce Shihepo on points at the Manchester Arena. However, his devastating first round TKO victory over Volau was a serious statement that out the cruiserweight division on attention.
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Riley will face his biggest challenge at the very venue he made his return to boxing at. “I’m excited to go back because I am much better than I was in February,” Riley added.
“When I came back in February, I hadn’t boxed in two years. I had a world veteran in there, with 38 fights who knew how to duck and dive, slip, and make life difficult – I still won 60-53.
“But that ain’t enough for me, I knew I had more to give. In June, we had a great performance and going back to Manchester, so it’s like we are continuing from June at Wembley, we are not continuing from February.
“That’s expired now, so I am just looking to top my performance. Whether the fights last longer or not, I want you to be more impressed with what you have seen.” At the age of 25-years-old, Riley appears to be on an excellent boxing path that is as promising as it is exciting.
And while Riley admitted the extra attention and coverage that comes from a jibe from Paul will always be useful, he is not looking to change the course of his journey just yet. “I just think it’s great promotion,” Riley said, when asked about Paul’s comments.
“At the end of the day, I do not have a personal problem with Jake Paul. He doesn’t have one with me. Logan the same.
“Remember, I spent a lot of time with them when I was coaching JJ (KSI) so , I know these guys more than you guys are privy to. I’m not saying I am best mates with them, but I have been in their space and I understand the mutual respect that they have for each other.
“They understand social media is the way to get themselves out there. They are where they are and me getting a sprinkle of that in any sense, can only be beneficial. But my focus is the traditional path, what I have worked on since I was six years old and I will continue to do that.”
BOXXER: Manchester sees Viddal Riley fight Ross McGuigan on Nov 12. Last remaining tickets on sale now at Boxxer.com
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