VIDDAL RILEY, the social media sensation who is best known for his boxing career as a KSI coach, beat 5-0 on Saturday night.
On his UK debut, the 24-year-old heavyweight Hackney – a bona fide and titled amateur – defeated Willbeforce Shikhepo on the undercard of Amir Khan vs. Kell Brook.
Riley, who also released rap songs after his workout exploits on YouTube, made a fantastic start to his British bow and never let his rival off the hook.
The referee who scored the points declared a one-sided six-round lockout: 60-53.
He said: “I am so pleased to finally fight in the UK so I want to thank everyone for making this happen.
“I was close to stopping him, but he is a tough person.
“I was also out of the ring due to injuries and coronavirus for two years, so it was a pleasure to box all six rounds.
“I just want to be really busy right now.”
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After two minutes of prodding and probing the veteran, Riley landed a perfect right uppercut that leveled Shikhepo to the ground.
The multi-talented ace produced a fine pull and counterattack that sank the Namibian to the canvas by the count of eight.
The Black Mamba got back on its feet and, while fighting Riley, got into his rhythm and connected at will.
The crowd in Manchester “oohed and aahed” for the second time as Riley threw rough combinations into his body and defense.
Shikhepo nearly fell again when Riley’s right hook stumbled into his vulnerable mustache.
In the third, Riley almost gave the KSI star student the knockout win he had asked for.
But battle-weary Sihepo wanted to earn every penny of his wallet and refused to dodge despite the beatings.
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The novelty of watching Shikhepo being tagged had faded by the fifth, but Riley didn’t get casual about looking for a stop.
But when Riley’s angle forced him to let go of his hands, he stepped on the gas and punished his opponent by leaving blood oozing from his nose and mouth.
However, the stern African heard the last call, carrying the insults to the final blow of the battle.
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