KSI urged Viddal Riley to ‘prove everyone wrong’ on his UK professional debut on Saturday and insisted his former manager was on a ‘different level’ to Jake Paul.
Undefeated cruiserweight Riley will resume his career against Willbeforce Shihepo in Manchester, live on Sky Sports Box Office, on the Amir Khan vs Kell Brook undercard.
He rose to fame as a KSI trainer in his fight with fellow YouTuber Logan Paul and built his own significant online presence, leading some to question his pedigree.
KSI will not be able to support his friend in Manchester on Saturday night due to his ongoing music tour, but the pair spoke on a video call on Friday after Riley weighed in for their fight.
Riley told KSI, “It’s your fault. Everyone tells me I’m that social media guy, that’s what you did.”
KSI replied, “It’s your job to prove everyone wrong.
“Obviously you have a lot of pressure, because everyone says, ‘Let’s see what Vidal has. But then, I know what you are, I know how sick you are.”
Riley also coached AnEsonGib for another social media showdown with Jake Paul, who called out Riley before taking his pro record to 5-0 with a win over Tyron Woodley in December.
While Riley is keen to stick with a traditional progression through the boxing ranks, he admitted to wanting to set the record straight following Paul’s claims that he would win a fight between them.
KSI said: “People like Jake Paul say, ‘I’ll fight Viddal’, you and I know that’s rubbish because you’re just on a different level, like world champion level.
“So you just have to prove it now, you just have to show it to everyone.”
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