BRITISH heavyweight Viddal Riley is a man on a mission.
The 24-year-old Hackney-born boxer will appear on the undercard of Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook at the Manchester Arena.
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This is the latest chapter in the 6ft 1in fighter’s flourishing career, which gained momentum after he trained YouTuber KSI for his two exhibition fights against Logan Paul.
His in-ring skills caught the attention of Mayweather Promotions and he is now coached by Floyd’s father Jeff.
If the 4-0 prospect gets rid of Coulter, he will continue on the path he started when he was a little boy.
Growing up in East London, six-year-old Riley took advantage of his surroundings in the Haringey area to take up boxing at one of the many local gyms.
It was his father, Derrick, who introduced his son to the sport, and he showed his prowess as he rose through the ranks among the amateurs.
Over the course of ten years, he won numerous titles, including eight national championships and a European junior silver medal.
In 2014, he became the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympian for the Great Britain team.
His amateur record was 41-8 with 19 knockouts.
MAYWETER IS APPROVED
In 2018, Riley turned pro, making ends meet by working as a personal trainer.
He was signed to Floyd Mayweather’s Mayweather Promotions, with CEO Leonard Ellerbe lyrically praising his new discovery’s abilities.
“We are very pleased to add this young man to our list,” said Ellerbe.
“He knows he is in good hands in terms of guiding his career in the right direction and the whole UK is behind him.
“Viddal Riley is a holistic package across the board and his charisma will take him far. We look forward to what the future holds for him and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Mayweather Promotions team.”
Riley was delighted too.
“Signing with Mayweather Promotions is the biggest milestone in my career so far,” Riley said.
“Now I am tied to the biggest name in boxing. I hope to enter into a similar story as I reach the heights of my career with the help of Mayweather Promotions and my team.
“My future goal in boxing is to become a fighter who can sell arenas and generate huge PPV like the legend Floyd Mayweather.
“If you don’t already know the name, it’s Widdal Riley. Expect entertainment in many forms and call IQ beyond her years.”
YOU MAY SEE IT BEFORE
If Riley’s face looks familiar to you, you may have seen him disguised as YouTube sensation KSI’s trainer.
Widdal became the internet personality’s head coach ahead of the Logan Paul fight.
Over 40 million KSI fans would have seen Riley push the Youtuber to his physical limits.
And KSI thinks he has a future champion.
“From the first time I met him, I knew he was special,” KSI said.
“He helped me become the monster I am today in boxing. I meant what I said after the fight with Joe Weller, that Viddal would become a world champion.
“Now that he has signed a contract with Mayweather Promotions, for me this award is now unshakable. Get ready for Viddal Riley!”