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Larry Fryers “can’t bloody wait” after having step-up wish granted

Larry Fryers [4(2)-0] had to wait six months between pro fights number three and four, but the Monaghan light welterweight only had three weeks until fight number five.

‘Lethal Larry’ received a setback in March, suffering multiple fractures on the Mick Conlan debut undercard at The Theater at Masdison Square Garden which saw him face a period on the sidelines.

Fryers returned in impressive fashion last month, vapourising Tyryen Hamilton with a left hook in the first round of their fight at the Rivers Casino and Resort in Upstate New York.

The Stateside-based Clones 27 year old is back in action tomorrow night, facing Mexican Heberto Persico [8(0)-7(2)] north of the border in Cornwell, Canada.

It’s exactly the sort of activity Fryers wants, and he told Irish-Boxing.com that “it doesn’t bring any difficulties with it, just positives as I’m just jumping straight back into a training camp and am still feeling good from the last one.”

“It’s a bonus to be fighting so close together and it’s what I wanted as I wanted to make up for lost time and push on with things.”

Fryers certainly pushed on last month against Hamilton, tearing into his opponent from the off.

“It was great to go in after so long out and put on a performance like that,” he reflected, before adding that “I knew I was ready for a performance like that because of how good I was feeling in the build up to it.”

The Ulsterman is not one for studying opponents or worrying what the man in the other corner will bring, but even he can acknowledge the step-up he takes tomorrow.

Fighting over six rounds for the first time, Fryers faces what looks to be the toughest opponent of his career thus far – and the light welter is chomping at the bit to get in there.

Fryers outlined how “without a doubt he’s the best I’ve faced so far and I can’t bloody wait!”

“I asked for a step up so I can start to test myself more and see where I’m at and Saturday night I’m looking forward to going in there and showing people how good I can be.”

“The longer rounds will suit me as my style is more suited to them and feel stronger as the rounds go on.”

“I’ve been sparring eight rounds and I’m feeling great coming into the later rounds so I can’t wait to do it for proper come Saturday.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie