Larry Fryers couldn’t hit the jackpot in Las Vegas in the early hours of Wednesday morning [Irish time].
‘Lethal Larry’ was handed a chance to significantly change his career trajectory, as he took on Top Rank prospect John Bauza on a massive ESPN platform.
However, the Monaghan native didn’t manage to defy the odds in the gambling capital of the world in the first fight with Irish interest since Ryan O’Rourke fought in Bolton in March.
Fryers was as expected full of effort and grit, but couldn’t tie down and impose himself on a stylish counter puncher, eventually falling to 79-73, 80-72, 80-72 points defeat.
Fryers certainly looked focused and up for the the second fight on a four fight Top Rank bubble card. He stalked in the first round and once he managed to get in range let hands go. However his southpaw opponent managed to land some eye catching counter punchers – and Fryers main success came in the form of body work in the clinch.
The home fighter was more active in the second and seemed to find his rythmn. He held his feet that bit more and while it allowed Fryers to land more, the cleaner work was coming from the former amateur of note.
The 29 year-old continued to try and press in the third, but his 22-year-old opponent was comfortable walking the carpenter onto his back hand.
It was much of the same in the fourth and fifth, although the Clones native did have pockets of success when he backed Bauza to the ropes.
Fryer’s corner called for their man to be more aggressive between the fifth and sixth, his team wanted him to rough the Puerto Rican up more. The Irish fighter tried, his effort couldn’t be questioned, but he could have been freer with his hands once in range.
By that stage the Top Rank fighter was enjoying himself and was sharp shooting with sniper accuracy if not the same lethal effect. He was landed clean, but never managed to deter Fryers from looking for work.
The New York based Irish fighter needed a knockout in the last, but couldn’t find it against a slicker opponent despite pushing till the last.
The result see’s Fryers slip to 11(4)-3(0) while ‘El Terrible’ improved to 14(5)-0 on the undercard of Alex Saucedo versus Sonny Fredrickson.