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Viddal Riley v Mikael Lawal: Tale of the Tape: Weight, height, reach, trainer & professional boxing records

We analyse the credentials and statistics of Viddal Riley and Mikael Lawal as the to cruiserweight contenders do battle for the English title in the bet365 Wildcard bout on Easter Sunday.

On Sunday 31st March, Viddal Riley and Mikael Lawal will face off in a fascinating domestic dust up with the English cruiserweight title on the line.

Riley (4/9) has looked impressive so far, but Lawal (7/4) represents a big step up in class.

Will the underdog upset the odds or will Riley’s rise continue?

It's time to look at the 'Tale of the Tape'...
 

Viddal Riley v Mikael Lawal
Tale of the Tape

TOTT

 

Viddal Riley

Mikael Lawal

Odds:

4/9

7/4

Age:

26

28

Nickname:    

'RIL'

'Lethal'

Height:

6ft 1ins

6ft 2ins

Reach:

76.5ins

N/A

Weight:

Cruiserweight

Cruiserweight

Trainer:

Derrick Riley

Sultan Kengebekov

Record:

10-0 (6 KOs)

17-1 (11 KOs)

Last Fight:

Won - (UD) v Nathan Quarless (September 2023)

Lost - (UD) v Isaac Chamberlain (October 2023)


Viddal Riley
In Profile

Despite his large number of YouTube subscribers and his association with KSI and AnEsonGIB, do not mistake Viddal Riley as a crossover boxer: he is a fighter first and an influencer second.

‘RIL’ started boxing at six years old and won silver at the 2013 European Junior Championships. He finished his amateur career with a 41-8 record, including wins over Chris Billam-Smith and Daniel Dubois.

The Londoner’s big break came when he accompanied KSI to Floyd Mayweather’s gym, while still in the unpaid ranks.

Riley was thrown in to spar, former IBF cruiserweight challenger, Andrew Tabiti. The Englishman impressed so much that he signed a deal with Jeff Mayweather.

Having fought in Mexico and on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao against Adrien Broner, Riley joined Ben Shalom’s BOXXER promotional outfit in 2022.

Back in Britain, the 26-year-old has shone while being showcased on Sky Sports.

Speed, power and accuracy have been hallmarks of Riley’s success so far, but will he look as accomplished as he faces the first real test of his career?

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Hand speed

Stays in range too long

Overhand right

Inexperienced as a pro

Combination punching

Defence can be porous

Timing

Throws from too far out


Mikael Lawal
In Profile

Boxing is a fickle business!

Not long ago, BOXXER and Sky Sports had high hopes for Mikael Lawal. The promoter and broadcaster were leading the Londoner towards a world title shot, but an upset defeat to Isaac Chamberlain put paid to those plans.

Now, it is Riley who is being fast-tracked, but as Lawal discovered, every underdog has their day.

The former British champion certainly has a shot, his rival is inexperienced and ‘Lethal’ has the power to back up his moniker.

Against Chamberlain, the 28-year-old patiently waited for a shot that never came, he cannot afford to make the same mistake twice.

Riley has looked the part so far, but it is up to Lawal to utilise his great experience to put his opponent under pressure.

It will be a long road back to contention for Lawal if he is to lose here, it remains to be seen whether the precarity of his position galvanises his resolve or causes him to crumble.

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Power

Low punch output

Upper-body movement

Loads up on punches

Counter-punching

Can be backed against the wall

Lead left hook

Throws from too far out

Viddal Riley v Mikael Lawal

Full Fight Markets

All odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.
 

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