Born to a Scottish Father and Irish mother near Loch Ness, Scotland, Riley and his family then moved to Canada where he was the fourth child out of five boys. This dynamic family was one of the things that drew him to wrestling, boxing and MMA style fighting in the first place.
"My Pa always used to say 'Never start a fight, but if you are in a fight, never finish 2nd.'" Riley explained, going on to state that it was also "the entertainment and athleticism of the Wrestlers" that attracted him to what would eventually lead him into a career in this sport.
His bid for a title shot ended in Boston, which then led him to settle here in AP while he gets back into shape for a comeback in Spring of this year.
When asked about influential 'heros' in his life, Riley had this to say: "I respect George St Pierre's perseverance in the MMA Circuit to never give up and adored Randy "Macho Man" Savage's colorful and unique nature (in the WWE), proving (that) you did not have to be a Goliath like Hulk Hogan to be a headliner. I (also) like Boxing Legend Sugar Ray Leonard...the lad was the definition of smooth."
Now as Manager of the Gym, Riley explained that he "... hopes to make things like Fitness and self defense part of folks regular routines. Being in shape is necessary for a long, fun life - and a great sex life too!"
This goal is being promoted especially right now, as March is Muscle Month. From now until the 31st, the Gym will be giving away free memberships and hosting events like MMA matches and Wrestling cards.
Riley has also been in talks with The Bite Restaurant, sponsoring a new item on their menu - the "Muscle Dog" - with such slogans as "So big it won't all fit!" and "Our meat makes bun's spread!"
When asked if there was anything else that he wanted to share with our readers, Riley added, "Members are reminded that the Gym is open for them 24/7 - and we will be striving to make the place much more active - both with staff and with classes - in the days to come."
The Below the Belt Boxing Gym can be found at #16 2nd Street, across from the Police Station.