Back on big fight cards, Larry Fryers has learnt from last loss


Larry Fryers [9(3)-1(1)] has learnt from what was both the worst and best night of his career and plans to make an impression on his return to the big stage this weekend.

Last April, with major managerial issues swirling in the background, the New York-based Monaghan light welter was stopped by Russian dangerman Nikolay Buzolin on a big Matchroom card in Brooklyn.

Fryers would instigate a clear-out following the loss, brought in an entire new team and, after three straight wins, is back on a major card in the Big Apple this Saturday.

The Clones puncher boxes on the undercard of the Terence Crawford v Amir Khan WBO welterweight title fight at the Madison Square Garden Arena in Manhattan, live on ESPN PPV.

Fryers fights on the ESPN2 portion of the broadcast, his first live televised fight, and feels ready to kick on on the biggest of stages.

The 28-year-old takes on Missouri youngster Dakota Polley [5(2)-2(1)] over six rounds and is aiming to begin a big 2019.

Fryers explained to Irish-Boxing.com how “the last big card I fought on didn’t go to plan as I got too involved in the bullshit that goes on in the background and didn’t give the fight itself the attention and commitment it deserved and I suffered for it with a loss.”

“I’ve taken everything that I did wrong and I’ve learned from it, I can honestly say that loss was the best result of my career so far as it has shown me what I need to do to succeed in this sport and because of that I am ready for this opportunity on such a massive card.”

A massive card indeed, and Fryers notes how “it’s an amazing way to start of the year just like I wanted to.”

“Preparation for this fight has gone fantastic, everything about this camp has been spot on, we have left no stone unturned.”

“This camp has been the best of my professional career so far,” he adds before discussing some of the top sparring he has been getting.

‘Lethal Larry’ got some rounds in with former world champion Chris Algieri who is preparing for his own big fight versus Tommy Coyle on the Anthony Joshua undercard at the same venue in June.

The top quality work has been a big boost for Fryers who explained how “I’ve known Chris for about a year now and his trainer reached out to me asking could we give them some work which I gladly accepted.”

“We have sparred on a couple of occasions and we will continue to as it benefits us both but the work with Chris is unbelievable,” continued the Ulsterman before discussing how it impacts how he sees himself as a fighter.

“He is a world class fighter and to share the ring with him is a honour and when someone like Chris tells you you’re on fire after our last sparring session it tells me I’m not tpo far of the level off these guys and that I can definitely push on to be where these guys are and potentially go on to challenge for a title.”

“The goal for this year is to rack up some big wins on the big shows and to get myself into a great position for a potential ranking title in 2020.”

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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie