Monaghan welterweight Larry Fryers [11(4)-3(1)] is the latest Irish fighter to team up with Wayne McCullough.
‘Lethal Larry’ confirmed he relocated to Las Vegas last week and this week announced he will now be trained by the Irish fight legend.
The former New York-based fighter will be mentored by the former world champion, Olympic medal winner, and all-time Irish great moving forward.
McCullough is a legendary figure in Ireland with a massive American profile.
After winning Olympic silver in Barcelona in 1992, the Belfast fighter went on to become one the most entertaining pro’s of the 90s. The all-action fighter was noted for his punch output, heart and chin, he also took on, as well as pushed, some of the biggest small men of his era.
‘The Pocket Rocket’ became the first fighter from Ireland or Britain to win a world title on Japanese soil when he beat Yasuei Yakushiji in 1995. He went on to fight Daniel Zaragoza, Naseem Hamed. Erik Morales, Scott Harrison, and Oscar Larios in world title fights.
McCullough has often discussed coaching and has offered to train some top Irish names in Las Vegas. He coached American feather Julian Ramirez – who hasn’t boxed since 2016 – and more recently worked with Dennis Hogan and Cork prospect Danny Keating. Now Fryers joins the gym and will be hoping McCullough helps him push on to the next level.
Fryers was handed opportunities last year and looks likely to be handed an upset opportunity again soon. He took on noted prospects, hoping to make a breakthrough in 2020, but failed to derail the likes of Wesley Ferrer and Top Rank’s John Bauza.
The 30-year-old then signed to fight knockout artist Elvis Rodriguez before Covid put paid to that clash and something similar happened when he signed to fight former world champion Rances Barthelemy.
A change of fortune in terms of late cancellations and some McCullough inspiration may help him move his career to the next level this year.