Yathomas Riley in action tomorrow


Yathomas Riley in action tomorrow

Press Release: Yathomas Riley (2-0 with 2 KOs) will compete in a four-round light heavyweight contest this Friday night at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Riley is scheduled to face Zeferino Albino (3-7-2) in a four-round light heavyweight contest. In the main event, "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis (19-2-2, 9 KOs) takes on Nasser Athumani (20-6-2, 16 KOs) in a ten round junior welterweight contest. In the co-main event, heavyweight Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson (19-0-1, 6 KOs) takes on former WBA heavyweight titlist Bruce "The Atlantic City Express" Seldon (38-6 with 34 KOs) in an intriguing heavyweight match-up. The entire card will be broadcast live on www.GoFightLive.tv "I am very excited for this fight Friday," said Riley. "It means a lot for me to be fighting in Atlantic City. So many great fighters have fought here, and I am really looking forward to following in their successful footsteps. I have had a great and hard training camp, which I have come accustomed to now. I know as long as I put my work in, in the gym that I will come out victorious."

The 26-year-old Riley got a late start to boxing, as he didn't first put on the gloves until he was 21 years old. A natural athlete, Riley excelled in basketball and football while growing up on the rough streets of Florida's Miami-Dade County, where Riley first learned to fight. When he was 21, Riley met trainer Travis Stocking, who convinced the tough street kid to give boxing a shot. Riley instantly fell in love with the sport and in a very limited amount of time, he began to impress.  Riley had a very successful amateur career which was highlighted by winning a 2006 National PAL Championship, a 2006 National Golden Gloves Championship, boxing in the Pan-Am and U.S. National Box offs, and also competing at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

"Growing up I was always good at any sport I played," stated Riley. I was getting in some trouble getting into street fights though and then I met Travis and he convinced me to give boxing a shot and that brings us to today. I always liked contact sports growing up. I wrestled when I was in high school. I was thinking that after I win the lt. heavyweight championship and there is no one else to challenge me in boxing, maybe I will go into the UFC and challenge one of those guys," said a smiling Riley.

Regarding his fight this Friday Riley said, "I am going to put a lot of pressure on this guy right from the opening bell. That's always my game plan and my biggest strength, to put constant, persistent, but controlled pressure on my opponents and either catch them with a big shot, or break them down. The most important thing for me is to obviously come out victorious, but also I want give the fans in attendance a good performance that they can be excited about."

When asked where he sees himself, Riley is very confident in his ability and his future in the lt. heavyweight division. "I feel I am ready right now to make an immediate impact on the lt. heavyweight division. I do not feel that any of the champions or top guys out there are better or have more ability then me. Unless God says otherwise, there is going to be no stopping me. I have a tremendous promoter in Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and I am very happy with the way our relationship has been. I know Joe is moving me in the right direction and that it will only be a matter of time until we get to the top. I am really looking forward to fighting come September 5th. I already have many fans and supporters down in Florida and out west in California so I am excited to show the northeast once again who Yathomas Riley is. I appreciate everyone who is coming out to the show at Bally's and promise you that I will not disappoint."

Tickets can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster or going online to ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available by calling Star Boxing at (718) 823- 2000 or by going online to www.starboxing.com.