Albany boxer Yathomas Riley got back in the ring after being handed some tough blows in life.
No matter the setbacks, Riley has always found a way to smile and fight through it. His most recent accomplishment is greater than any title belt.
Riley is set to open Riley's Boxing Gym next week in Albany. The professional boxer has opened the gym with non-profit intentions, giving kids from the ages of 7-16 a free place for training.
Riley says he's also working with the local gang task force to keep kids safe and off the streets in a mentor-type program. The grand opening for Riley's gym is next Wednesday, July 3 from 11-4 PM
"I'm reaching out and giving back to the same opportunity that I had coming upâ|seeing guys boxing in a gym. I feel like it's very important to come back and do this because I'm going to give another kid an opportunity," Riley said.
In May, Fox 31 Sports reported a story on Riley spending two years in a Miami-Dade prison for an attempted murder he didn't commit. The boxer is a former amateur champion and, currently, 8-1 as a professional.
Riley is also working to register his gym with USA Boxing with the expectation of holding local Golden Glove events in Albany. As for his own boxing career, Riley is planning another bout in the next two months.