‘Can he deal with the pressure I’m going to bring?’ – Larry Fryers promises to put in on knockout specialists tonight

Larry Fryers [11(4)-3(1)] warns he can handle the power, but wonders whether opponent Elvis Rodriguez [10(10)-1] will be able to handle relentless pressure tonight.

Fryers will be looking to make it a Monaghan treble this weekend, as he steps into the Top Rank bubble a day after fellow county men Aaron and Stevie McKenna both registered impressive wins.

The 30-year-old faces a much tougher test than the Freddie Roach trained duo, as he takes on a knockout artist Bob Arum hails as the best prospect in the world in 2020.

Indeed, the New York based light welter trades leather with 10 knockouts from 10 wins at less than a weeks notice.

However, he does so confident of victory and certainly not wary of what ‘The Dominican Kid’ brings.

“I honestly don’t think much about him to be honest. He is just another guy standing in my way of where I hope to go,” Fryers told Irish-boxing.com.

“I’m not to concerned about his power and I’m confident I can take it. The question is will he be fit enough to keep me off him and deal with the pressure I’m going to bring?”

‘Lethal Larry’s’ confidence may be misunderstood for bravado or pre fight hype talk.

However, it’s a fight he sought because he believes it can change his career.

“I reached out Monday night and we agreed on the fight Tuesday while I was at work,” he continues.

“I flew out to Vegas Thursday so it’s been a very last minute fight but thankfully I have been tipping away in the gym from my last fight and am ready to rock and roll for Saturday.”

Fryers is certainly ready to rock, but has no roll over plans come the ESPN broadcast, MGM hosted clash.

The New York based puncher is keen to register a win that will kick open doors a plenty for him going into the new year.

“I am targeting an upset. I wouldn’t be here if i didn’t believe I could win this fight, so come Saturday night I’m going to put on a show,” he adds before discussing tactics.

“The way I intend on beating him is by bringing him into a dog fight and beating him down.”

“When I beat him it will give me a great platform to go again early next year and get a crack at some other Top Rank Golden Boy namesand keep climbing the ladder.”


Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com