Larry Fryers suffered a frustrating night in Madison Square Garden’s Theater on Friday night.
The Monaghan fighter was afforded the chance to register a career best win on the big stage, but ultimately came out second best in what was billed a 50/50 fight.
The New York based fighter was out pointed by Brooklyn-bred light middleweight Wesley Ferrer on the undercard of Devin Haney and Zaur Abdullaev’s world title eliminator.
Liam Gaynor and Rohan Date registered wins in Bolton and Dubai respectively earlier in the night, but Clones fighter couldn’t make it an Irish hat trick.
‘Lethal’ came out the wrong end of a 79-73, 79-73 and 80-72 points decision.
Fryers promised an all action all heart clash, but Ferrer wasn’t going to oblige.
The American was happy to have things scrappy and never let the Irish fighter find a rhythm.
Ferrer was frequently warned by referee Sparkle Lee for holding, but never had a point taken much to the frustration of the well supported Fryers fans.
It was a tactic the American resorted to throughout the fight, but he did enough between grapple sessions to secure a wide points decision.
Ferrer advances to 14-1-1 with seven stoppages thanks to his his second straight win after having suffered his sole career loss and draw in his previous two outings.
The defeat ends a run of five straight wins for Clones native Fryers and he slips to 11-2-0 after he suffered just the second defeat of his career.