Viddal Riley takes on Anees Taj in an eight-round cruiserweight clash on the Adam Azim bill, live on Sky Sports from 8pm on Saturday night; Taj issued a knockout warning to Riley during a fiery virtual press conference
Riley is recognised as a rising threat in the stacked cruiserweight division after extending his perfect record with three victories in 2022, including two stoppages within the first three rounds.
He now turns his attention to Taj, who appeared in last year's BOXXER Series tournament, with Riley hoping to start his 2023 campaign in style with another explosive win on Saturday's Adam Azim bill.
Here's everything you need to know ahead of Viddal Riley vs Anees Taj 2.
- The fight night will begin on Friday, June 16 at 10:30 a.m. ET / 7:30 a.m. PT.
- The fight will be held at the York Hall in London, United Kingdom.
"I love it, he's got intention and he have something in place that he thinks he can pull off. I don't see it.
"If I don't knock him out in round one, there are other rounds for the punishment to continue," said Riley, who is unbeaten in seven bouts.
"I don't think at this stage of my career my toughness is tested. My skill is too elite for it to be tested.
"He's definitely in the top three [of my opponents], maybe even top two, because I know he is coming with intent. The mentality is strong.
"I know he has had time to prepare. He's had the most notice out of my previous opponents."
Anees Taj 2:
"I can stop what he's doing. It will be fun and games. It's his toughest test so far and it's mine so far," said Taj.
"Someone turned up to lose [in his previous fights]. I am not coming to lose; I'm not turning up for the paper. On February 11, I can see what you can do, and you can see what I can do.
"I'll knock you out in six. I am not coming for money; I'm not coming to lose. If you want a fair fight, I am happy to fight you. I am not worried about money."
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