Boxing Live: Viddal Riley is aiming for a spectacular finale in 2023, with the English and British cruiserweight championships on the line, as well as a significant local showdown with Tommy Fury.
When describing his rivalry with Tommy Fury, undefeated rising star Riley left no space for ambiguity, emphasising Fury’s obvious unwillingness to enter into the ring with him.
Riley revealed the underlying causes that he feels kept Fury from accepting the challenge.
“I think it’s clear that he doesn’t want to fight,” Riley said, according to Sky Sports.
“He’s afraid of me because I’m far superior to him. He’s seeking easier opponents who will pay more attention to him. Simply state unequivocally that you do not wish to fight me.”
According to Riley, Fury is well aware of his level of talent and believes that the financial reward would outweigh the risks of meeting him.
“No matter how much he gets paid, he’s going to have to pay in pain,” Riley said.
“The consequences and reputation that would follow a loss to me are not worth the money.”
Riley recently defeated Anees Taj in a rematch on the undercard of Frazer Clarke’s heavyweight bout with Mariusz Wach at York Hall, bringing an end to their long-running feud.
Riley expressed happiness that the score had finally been resolved after Taj was stopped on a nasty cut in their first battle.
“I’m glad it’s all over,” Riley added. “It went on for far longer than it should have. I think that was the correct thing to do, since they were creating a racket, and I shut it down.”
He denied striking Taj below the belt as well. “The replay is available for all to see. They weren’t low; they were just inflicting pain on him. He was trying to find a way to rest, and he thought he could look to the ref mid-action, and I was going to let him do that,” Riley explained.
“Of course not. I didn’t break, and I didn’t hear the boxing end. You’re meant to be doing something. So I let it go, and the shots went.”
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