KSI’s coach Viddal Riley says he apologised to Shannon Briggs after repeatedly clashing with the previous heavyweight champion within the build-up to Saturday’s battle with Logan Paul.
The feud between the 2 trainers threatened to overshadow the bout between their fighters, with Briggs attacking a member of KSI’s group after Friday’s weigh-in and scary a livid response from British cruiserweight Riley.
But he received the final snort as KSI claimed a split-decision victory over Paul on the Staples Center in Los Angeles, regardless of Briggs claiming his fighter might change into a heavyweight champion sooner or later.
Just as KSI and Paul embraced within the ring after the battle, Riley says he briefly spoke to Briggs and put the animosity behind them.
Asked about Briggs on the post-fight press convention, Riley mentioned: ‘To get the win could be very satisfying. I spoke to Shannon.
‘A few things were said in the build-up that were personal and I didn’t realise the extent of what I used to be saying and I apologised for that.
‘Things get heated when you’re going to warfare however as soon as warfare is completed, as a person it is best to respect your opposition.
‘He pushed us, it was a good fight. I’m simply excited that we received the W, onto greater and higher issues.’
Riley added to IFL TV: ‘Boxing is one of those sports, things get heated. If you’re a real man you respect your opposition win, lose or draw. Once it’s executed it’s executed. I apologised to Shannon for among the issues I mentioned. I misplaced my mood within the build-up but it surely’s all emotion, that’s simply the way it goes.’
Briggs had repeatedly tried to antagonise KSI’s group, culminating of their battle on the weigh-in, whereas Riley had retaliated by mercilessly mocking the 47-year-old over his age.
They additionally clashed on the road after Wednesday’s media day, with Briggs yelling at Riley: ‘And you call yourself a fighter. You’re not a fighter. You’re taking that boy’s cash. Let’s go champ! Watch your mouth now. Watch your mouth earlier than I beat you up. Hey, play good. Play good earlier than I beat you up!’