THE Future is blinding it looked that bright on Saturday night.
That might be a bit over the top considering James ‘The Future’ Fryers defeated Mark Morris a fighter with just two fights to claim the BUI Celtic Nations lightweight title on Saturday night, but manner of the display more than impressed everyone at the Anderstown Leisure on Saturday night.
Morris came into the clash with an undefeated record and has a reputation as fit, strong, massive puncher. This wasn’t a journey man, he was coming to win and some suggested he had the capabilities to bully the boxer.
Fryers, however, flipped the narrative on its head and was the aggressor eventually forcing Morris to retire on his stool after just five rounds.
Even more impressive the young Belfast lightweight proved a intelligent bully, he beat Morris into submission with brains not brawn. You could see their was a thought process to everything Fryers did and he acted out the plan to perfection.
His footwork was superb, so to his shot selection, defence and timing. He also dealt with the added pressure a derby brings and he certainly looks a fighter with the skills and smarts to operate at a higher level.
Morris started the bout well. He fired out a jab that looked to have as much venom as a big right hand. Fryers however, was happy to take everything on the gloves and did enough to sneak the first with cleaner work in his period of dominance at the tail end of the stanza.
The opening exchanges in the second mirrored the first, Morris throwing big shots and Fryers blocking, however the fight changed midway through the round, as Fryer’s pulled out his special move and dropped his opponent.
A left hook that was anything but a ‘hail mary’ dipped Morris to the floor it wasn’t a massive concussive punch just a perfectly timed and placed counter that put Fryers in the driving seat.
Morris’s confidence drained and Fryers dominated brilliantly for the rest of the bout. He made the ring small, backed up his opponent with superb footwork and landed some beautiful shots, until Morris’ corner pulled him out.