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‘Better Be Serious’ – Fryers Responds to O’Rourke Call Out

 Larry Fryers [11(4)-5(3)-1] told Ryan O’Rourke [9(1)-0] not to mention his name unless he really intends to fight.

The 23-year-old Dublin prospect recently discussed the Monaghan man as a potential opponent. In fact, ‘The Silent Assassin’ said his team would soon offer ‘Lethal’ the chance to fight.

The ever-game Fryers welcomes the call out and is keen to trade leather with the undefeated 23-year-old.

However, he has some concerns, suggesting it’s not the first time an Irish fighter who harbours American ambitions has used his name for recognition purposes.

The New York based light welterweight claims the name Fryers has previously passed the lips of Irish fighters only for no fight to materialise.

The 32-year-old did see two fight dates with Ray Moylette fall through – due to visa and pandemic issues – and despite being a targeted pro has yet to appear in a domestic bout.

He hopes that is about to change and told O’Rourke he expects a decent offer once they both get past their respective October challenges.

“O’Rourke is not the first Irish fighter to use my name for publicity but let’s hope that he is serious about fighting. Hopefully, he is and his team will reach out with a legitimate offer,” Fryers told Irish-boxing.com.

“Once I take care of business on October 29th then we can make something happen.”

If it does come off Fryers can only see one winner.

“I don’t know much about the kid to be honest but I see me breaking him down and forcing a stoppage. That’s what I’d be training to do.”

O’Rourke made his Star Boxing debut earlier this month and the 23-year-old now looks set to fight exclusively out of America. The Dub believes an all-Irish fight with an American circuit regular would be ideal in terms of building his name on the East Coast and said he is targeting ‘Lethal Larry’ as a result.

“That’s a fight we have been looking at,” O’Rourke told Boxing Bants.

“Larry is a very good fighter, a tough fighter and a fighter I’d love to fight. If that fight came off that would be great,” he adds before suggesting an offer may be placed very soon.

“I haven’t [spoken to Larry] but I think my team are going to get in contact soon, so we will find out if that fight can go down. He’d be a good suitor seen as we are both Irish and we’re both on the American circuit, we are both eligible for the same titles, so it would make perfect sense for that to happen.”


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