'I was spiralling out of control': Larry Fryers interview
New York-based Irishman Larry Fryers talks to Chris Glover about his life in and out of boxing and his upcoming showdown with Ray Moylette...
Clones native Larry Fryers [pictured left with Chris Algieri] has had two completely contrasting lives. One without boxing and one with boxing. The Irishman has been through it all and come full circle and found his redemption but is not finished just yet.
Better explained in his own words, Fryers opened up to BM about his past in Ireland: “I grew up with boxing and had around 50 amateur fights before the age of 18 and was on the Ireland team with people like Paddy Barnes, Tyrone McKenna, Tyrone McCullagh and many others who are now down the line in the professional ranks.
"I just fell out of love with boxing and I began working and developed a partying habit which involved smoking, drinking and other things. I was like this for years and I completely forgot about boxing until I realised that I needed to sort myself out as I was spiralling out of control. I sought help back in Ireland and I have been sober now for over five years.”
Fryers continued, explaining how he ended up in America, and divulging more about how he has found redemption in boxing. “I am a carpenter by trade, and I went over to visit family in the Catskills in New York. I was born in America, so I am a citizen here, and after spending a month here I went back to Ireland and decided I wanted to go back with my wife, so we did.
“I went to a gym in the Catskills for a bit of training and a few weeks later I was having an amateur fight. I had a few amateur fights and was approached to turn pro and I said why not? So I did, and I haven’t really looked back since. I’ve fallen back in love with boxing, I’m still working every day from 6am before going to the gym.
"I have a beautiful wife and child over here and they are a blessing in my life. I am so lucky to have the support I do from my family and my friends who follow me everywhere I fight and without that I wouldn’t be in the position I am today. I am grateful for the blessings I have been given in life.”
The 28-year-old Fryers (10-1, 3 KOs) now faces highly rated Irishman Ray Moylette (11-1) on July 12 in Boston, Massachusetts, and he gave his thoughts on his fight with Moylette and what he wants from his career as a whole.
‘Lethal’ stated, “I want to go as far as I can in my career and that means that I have to beat Ray Moylette on 12 July. Ray is a good fighter. I have loads of respect for him it’s going to be a great fight, but I am confident that there will be a clear winner on the night and that will be Larry Fryers.
“I want to go as far as I can in my career, and I want to be remembered for being in proper fights. That is what I want and if I win titles along the way that is great too. That is the plan for me really, but I couldn’t do it without the support of my family and friends.”