Viddal Riley is “miles above” YouTuber boxing and far better than Jake Paul or Tommy Fury, says promoter Ben Shalom.
Riley then rose to fame as a trainer for KSI through his own online presence but will be a reminder of his abilities in the ring after signing an exclusive deal with Sky Sports Boxing and BOXXER.
He has offered help in sparring sessions to Fury, who will fight Paul on December 18 to settle a feud that started on social media.
“Not to coach him, just to spar,” Riley told Sky Sports. “I’ve offered Tommy sparring because I can match Jake.
‘I haven’t heard anything yet. He could spar his brother, I think!
“But I told him, and I mean it, if he wants to do some laps to get ready for Jake, I’ll be here.”
Riley is associated with the YouTuber boxing scene after training KSI for his two fights with Logan Paul. He was then in the corner of AnEsonGib when he was knocked out by Paul.
Since then, he has built up his own substantial social media.
But Riley was already a cruiserweight prospect promoted by Floyd Mayweather before joining the YouTuber boxing world.
BOXXER promoter Shalom said after signing Riley to revive his in-ring career: “He is a step beyond YouTuber boxing. Miles up there.
“He doesn’t want to be looked at that way because he’s such a good boxer.
“In his eyes, he is even above what we already have in the British cruiserweight division.”
When asked if Riley was also superior to Fury, Shalom said: “I really believe he is.
“Viddal is the first real YouTuber who is also a real professional boxer with real talent.
“The journey he can take is what makes this so exciting.
“Viddal is a serious entrepreneur. Ask anyone who has seen him on Team GB, which is a good indicator. People at the Mayweather Promotions gym are very praising him.
“He is a huge success outside the ring. He saw an opportunity in the YouTube world and is a star in his own right.
“I spoke with [Olympian] Ben Whittaker on Viddal. He is remembered at Team GB.
“Viddal is an exceptionally good technical boxer who is well thought out and highly regarded.
“What struck me about Viddal is how seriously he takes boxing. He quits a lot of his other activities.
“People will be surprised by Viddal.
“He sees himself up there with the very best cruiserweights in the UK.”
Lawrence Okolie is the WBO cruiserweight champion and Richard Riakporhe, having signed with Sky Sports Boxing and BOXXER, is on track to match that feat.
Riakporhe returns live on Sky Sports on November 20 against Olanrewaju Durodola, knowing the win could propel him to his first world title.
Riley sees Riakporhe as a potential opponent: “It’s definitely something that could happen. We’re in the same spot with the same promoter at the same weight.
“He’s pushing to world level and trying to win a world title, I’m trying to kick-start my activity and pick up domestic titles. So we’ll see if we cross paths.
“It would be an exciting fight, but he’s not on my radar right now.
‘Across the whole line? You have to let these things cook.’
Riley hasn’t been in the ring for 18 months and said of his return: “I’m excited about a lot of things I do, but boxing is what I’ve been doing from the start.
“Boxing has always been the priority. People have been wrong.
“I’m 4-0 as a professional with two knockouts, extended amateur career with eight national titles, European silver medal as a junior, youth Olympian. I’ve beaten guys who have done well as professionals – Daniel Dubois and Chris Billam-Smith, the It’s been a long time, but people rate them, so you should rate me too!
“I know I have the potential, the youth, the team. I have to perform now.”
He explained his short-term goal: “Activity. Get back in the ring, build the hype, get people involved in boxing and not just through my social media.”
And his long-term ambition: “I have aspirations to be a world champion and not just someone who “holds a belt. Someone people say, ‘Cruiserweight? Viddal is the champion’.
“To get there you have to take the time to build so that you stay there. That’s the plan.”
Sky Sports Boxing Schedule
November 20 – BOXXER in London
Richard Riakporhe vs Olanrewaju Durodola
Caroline Dubois professional debut
Florian Marku vs Jorick Luisetto
Hosea Burton vs Dan Azeez – British Light-Heavyweight Title
November 20 – Top Position in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter – WBO Welterweight Title
December 11 – BOXXER
December 11 – Top position in New York
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Richard Commey
Jared Anderson v Oleksandr Teslenko
Nico Ali Walsh
December 17 – Top position in Montreal
Artur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne – IBF and WBC Light Heavyweight Titles
February 26 – Top position in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super lightweight title