Mixed results for Irish light welters in New York


There were mixed results for Irish boxers in New York last night.

Light welterweights Noely Murphy and Larry Fryers were both in action on a show at Club Amazura in Queens and came away with a draw and a win respectively.

Clones puncher Fryers [9(3)-1(1)] stepped up to eight rounds for the first time in the Uprising Promotions chief support bout and scored a good win over Ronald Rivas [5(3)-8(2)-2] in one of the fights of the night.

After a gruelling eight rounds in which Fryers was the busier and stronger, the Monaghan man won a unanimous decision on scorelines of 79-73, 78-74, and 77-75

Cork southpaw Murphy [12(2)-1(0)-1] was making his return from his first career defeat to Mikkel LesPierre back in February when he was edged out in a WBC USA title fight.

Returning in a six rounder versus Andre Byrd [6(1)-4(0)-2], Murphy was held to draw in a scrappy fight. The right hand of Byrd was being timed perfectly and he landed again and again with this punch to offset Murphy’s pressure.

The final cards saw two 57-57 tallies and a 58-56 for Byrd, resulting in a majority draw and meaning that Murphy’s road back began with a bump rather than a bang and the commentators would note how “Murphy got away with one there.

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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