Larry Fryers [11(4)-3(1)] will take on rather than take in Elvis in Las Vegas this weekend, having stepped in to fight the man they are all avoiding.
The New York based Monaghan native has taken a short notice fight against a fighter whose victories have all come by way of knockout.
‘Lethal Larry’ takes on ‘knockout machine’ Elvis Rodriguez [10(10)-0-1] on the big Top Rank promoted ESPN broadcast card this Saturday.
The Dominican was due to fight on the Crawford-Brook undercard, but they struggled to find him a step up TV worthy opponent and delayed his return till this weekend.
Fryers has been handed the chance to fight, but was only given days notice, agreeing to fight the Freddie Roach trained southpaw on Tuesday night.
The Monaghan fighter has stepped up in his two most recent fights, hoping to breakthrough to the next level. His points reverse to Wesley Ferrer left him frustrated by what he argued was an unfit referee, while he was out pointed in his visit to the Top Rank bubble, by John Bauza.
Rodriguez affords the 30-year-old the same register a statement opportunity this Saturday night, but it’s a tough ask with so little lead in time.
The 24-year-old southpaw has stopped 10 of his 11 opponents and is developing a reputation as a puncher of serious note. Indeed all his wins in 2020 have come before the third round has passed.
He has one slight blemish on his record drawing with Joaquin Chavez in just his third fight.
The news means there are four Irish fighters in action this weekend. The McKenna brothers Stevie and Aaron fight live on Channel 5 on Friday, Cathy McAleer appears on Eurosport at the same time, while Fryers fights on ESPN on Saturday.