YouTube boxer Jake Paul has been warned by cruiserweight Viddal Riley after the American claimed that he’d beat him in a boxing ring.
Paul, who divides opinion among the boxing community, will be going toe-to-toe with the first actual boxer he’s ever fought on December 18th of this year.
The Ohio-born social media sensation is pencilled in for a clash with Tommy Fury, half-brother of heavyweight champion Tyson, who too is an up-and-coming prospect.
Paul will head into the bout as the underdog and will be well aware that defeat could be a hammer blow to his chances of launching a career in professional boxing.
That said, he hasn’t shied away from calling out other fighters and considering who he could meet in the ring next. One of those he has spoken about is Viddal Riley.
Riley, who is best known for training KSI for his split decision victory over Jake Paul’s brother Logan, has hit back at the YouTuber over claims that he could beat them.
The cruiserweight fighter is quoted by Sky Sports saying “this guy says that he believes he can beat me.”
“As a fighter, and someone that is dedicating their life to the sport, he should feel that he can beat other fighters.”
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— VIDDAL. (@IsitRIL) March 7, 2021
“But it’s never come out of his mouth before. I don’t think about him like that – I don’t want to fight these men. I want to keep my path traditional in the ring.”
“But if he says things like that? I will fight Jake if it makes sense and if certain stipulations are in place.”
“I won’t go out of my way to hype it up, to hunt him down and say: ‘You’ve got me next’.”
“Honestly I don’t care. But I can’t let him say that he can beat me. It’s too far.”
Riley is a legitimately promising fighter who has his head screwed on straighter than most his age (24). He ought to focus on ACTUAL boxing and not allow himself to be dragged into this nonsense…