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Larry Fryers looking for first knockout win this weekend

Larry Fryers [1(0)-0] is turning heads in New York, and the Monaghan welterweight is already being compared to an Irish-American fight legend.

The Clones boxer, a former underage Irish champion, has relocated to Upstate New York and turned pro last year under NYS Hall of Fame promoter Bob Miller and has since signed to Liveco Boxing.

Debuting in August, Fryers dominated Simon Sayes over four, impressing those in attendance at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona.

Recalling the win, the 26 year old told Irish-Boxing.com that “I have a come forward style and I love to brawl. After that last fight I got a lot of comparisons to Micky Ward!”

“The Irish that I know in East Durham and New York City have been great, as well as everyone back home. The support has been amazing.”

Fryers will have his second pro fight this Saturday on the opposite side of the country, and is scheduled to box again over four, in Palm Springs, California. This time however, ‘Irish Larry’ is looking for a shorter night’s work.

“I’m going to do nothing overly different for this one,” he explained. “I’ll just box my normal fight – the only difference hopefully will be that I get the knockout!”

The Ulsterman, who is scheduled to fight on Mick Conlan’s debut card next month, will face debutant Rolando Padillo on Saturday.

Fryers freely admits to being in the dark about his opponent – but that’s just the way he likes it. He described how “I know nothing about my opponent, but I always prepare for it that way. I was never one for checking out an opponent.”

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