Viddal Riley was born on July 7, 1997 in Hackney, East London. His boxing career jump started at age 6 when he was introduced to the sweet science by his father Derrick Riley. He went on to perfect his craft dominating in the amateurs and collecting numerous titles over the course of ten years including eight national championships, European Junior Silver Medal, and becoming a 2014 Youth Olympian. Garnering so much success as an amateur, Riley turned professional in 2018. He currently is trained by Jeff Mayweather, Floyd Mayweather’s uncle.
Juggling work as a part-time trainer and a fighter since 2016, Riley’s life quickly changed when he became head coach to internet sensation ‘KSI’ who has accumulated a following of over 40 million fans across social media platforms. This move immediately catapulted Riley’s name through the digital space. With Riley’s guidance, KSI went on to headline two of the biggest white-collar boxing events which amassed over 40 million views/streams. His journey is a very unique one that bridges the gap between professional sports and entertainment in the digital world.
On September 30, 2018, Riley made his professional debut where he showcased a dominating performance and gained his first professional win. He has gone on to collect two more victories, one of which being his U.S. debut, when he fought Mitchell Spangler in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Adrien Broner undercard on January 19. 2019. His second career win came on May 3, 2019 he headlined the first ever PPV boxing event promoted by stablemate, Badou Jack, under Badou Jack Promotions at the FIVE Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. Riley’s current professional record is 3 wins, 2 by knockout, with zero losses.
Riley was added to Mayweather Promotions’ talented roster on October 15, 2019, and is currently the only fighter from the UK that is signed to the budding stable.
After making a mark in America with his fighting abilities and unique brand, Riley has continued to garner much success through his involvement with KSI furthering his notoriety and popularity across multiple industries. Alongside boxing, he has also founded his own sports and lifestyle apparel company ‘RIL Athletics’ and released a music project titled ‘Livin Sports’. This project accumulated over 500,000 streams in 30 weeks. Riley has used his social media presence to give back to the community by providing boxing camps at his childhood boxing gym, West Ham Boxing Club. His goal is to encourage the next generation to work hard using his personal experiences to show how, with focus and determination, you can change your life as he has done.