Light welterweights Noely Murphy and Larry Fryers were both in action on a show at Club Amazura in Queens and came away with a draw and a win respectively.
Clones puncher Fryers [9(3)-1(1)] stepped up to eight rounds for the first time in the Uprising Promotions chief support bout and scored a good win over Ronald Rivas [5(3)-8(2)-2] in one of the fights of the night.
After a gruelling eight rounds in which Fryers was the busier and stronger, the Monaghan man won a unanimous decision on scorelines of 79-73, 78-74, and 77-75
Cork southpaw Murphy [12(2)-1(0)-1] was making his return from his first career defeat to Mikkel LesPierre back in February when he was edged out in a WBC USA title fight.
Returning in a six rounder versus Andre Byrd [6(1)-4(0)-2], Murphy was held to draw in a scrappy fight. The right hand of Byrd was being timed perfectly and he landed again and again with this punch to offset Murphy’s pressure.
The final cards saw two 57-57 tallies and a 58-56 for Byrd, resulting in a majority draw and meaning that Murphy’s road back began with a bump rather than a bang and the commentators would note how “Murphy got away with one there.