Former world champion Glenn Catley's son Riley makes boxing debut
A FAMOUS Frampton Cotterell boxing name has claimed victory in the ring again.
But former WBC World Super Middleweight champion Glenn Catley hasn’t come out of retirement – this time it was his son, who was making a successful debut.
Riley, 19, won his first amateur bout after taking a unanimous points decision against 22-year-old Bristol fighter Tez Weale at the event in Stroud.
Former Frampton Cotterell Primary School and Winterbourne Academy pupil Riley only took up the sport two years ago.
Initially he tried boxercise classes when he was looking to build up his strength after suffering from vasovagal syncope, a condition that causes small seizures.
He enjoyed boxing so much that when doctors gave him the green light, he stepped up his training and aimed towards a bout.
Riley said: "It was really fun, one of the best days of my life to be honest, because when you are up in the ring everyone is looking at you.
"When he shouts ‘the winner on the red side Riley Catley’ everyone is shouting and screaming, it’s just mint.”
Although he comes from a fine pedigree, Riley says having a famous name wasn’t always a help.
He said: "It took me a while to find a fight because everyone saw my surname and the trainers didn’t let them fight, me even though I’m completely separate to my dad.”
The family watched Riley’s debut, with Glenn enjoying his new role ringside.
He said: “My wife had her eyes closed most of the time.
"It was quite bizarre because both my mum and dad were there and when I started boxing at 11 years of age, there’s not a fight that they’ve missed.
“There was my mum and dad, his mum and dad, so three generations of Catleys at ringside shouting him on.
"My mum, in good old typical fashion, was shouting the same advice to Riley as she used to say to me: ‘hit him Riley, hit him’.”
Glenn has been impressed with his son, saying: “He’s more of a boxer than I am.
"He’s very tall and very wiry for his weight, just over six foot; I am a short and squat – a come forward-type fighter, there was no way I could out-jab my opponent.
"I had to get stuck in, but Riley’s a bit of a back foot fighter. He’s more eloquent than I am.”
Riley says he wants to continue his boxing journey – but strictly as an amateur, as he is about to start a degree apprenticeship in engineering.
Top picture: Riley Catley with coaches Tracey Hayne, Conor White, Craig Turner and proud dad Glenn.
Below: Riley is declared the winner of his debut fight