It’s all about Jurgen Klopp this week, but Larry Fryers [11(4)-2(1)] took a leaf out of a former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez’s book when discussing his next fight.
Fryers declared ‘fact’ as emphatic as the Spaniard did in his famous speech when predicting victory tomorrow night.
The Monaghan fighter brings lockdown to an end for Irish boxing when he trades leather on an ESPN broadcast, behind closed doors, Top Rank card in Las Vegas in the early hours of Wednesday morning Irish time.
The New York based Clones light welter takes on rising star John Bauza [13(5)-0] over eight rounds and is promising to burst the prospect’s bubble on the Top Rank bubble card.
In fact he says you can take it as ‘fact’ he will change his career and register another against the odds win on the MGM Grand-hosted Top Rank series.
“I know for a fact I’m going to win this fight, so I predict another upset on the cards for the Top Rank corner,” Fryers told Irish-boxing.com talking about his fight and referencing surprise wins for Mike Plania and Joshua Franco .
“I see a lot of weaknesses in his armoury and I’m going to expose it all come Tuesday night.”
‘Lethal’ only announced the fight a week before glove off, but reveals he has had enough notice and time for Bauza-specific prep.
“I’ve known he was my opponent for five weeks, so I’ve had plenty of time to get my game plan in order and come Tuesday night I’m going to execute it.”
It is confident from Fryers. Some may suggest the fact the Puerto Rican has been out for a year plays into the 29-year-old’s self belief, but Fryers himself argues otherwise.
The fighter who was scheduled to fight Ray Moylette before lockdown believes Bauzahas used the time off to develop and improve.
“I know he has been getting unreal sparring with world class fighters, so just because he hasn’t fought in [a year] doesn’t mean anything. He has been staying active with top quality sparring, so I know he will be sharp and ready.”
“He’s a good fighter. He was a very good amateur from what I’ve been told and he seems to have carried that into the pros going by his record.”
Photo credit Ricardo Guglielminotti @fightingirish