O’Leary out of the frying pan and into the Fryers

by Jonny Stapleton
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Jonny Stapleton

Be careful what you wish for, that’s Pierce O’Leary’s message to Larry Fryers.

The extremely exciting Dublin talent has secured a TV slot on the big Zhilei Zhang-Joe Joyce rematch card and will make the second defence of his WBC International title at on September 23.

New York-based Monaghan native, Fryers wants to provide the opposition at Wembley Arena.

‘Lethal’ called out the exciting prospect last week, stating his desire to test the ‘Big Bang’ Theory.

“I want O’Leary as there is a lot of hype around him and I want to find out if its real,” Fryers said.

“So far he is doing the business but against no one of note, so why not do it against me? I’d be by far the best he would have come up against. I’ve been in with quality guys and have pushed them all. If Frank Warren wants to see if what he has is real I’d love the opportunity to dance with him.”

O’Leary has welcomed the advance and it’s believed he has approached Queensberry about making it for the TNT [former BT Sports] broadcast.

However, he warned Fryers he has made a mistake in looking for the fight.

The 23-year-oldassures the ‘hype is real’ and that it would prove a ‘career-ending fight’ for the Ulsterman.

Whether or not the Dublin Docklands graduate steps into all Irish action for the first time remains to be seen – but regardless he has a spot on a big card and has been handed another big chance to impress.

Meanwhile, a Dubliner at the other end of the career spectrum, Luke Keeler has confirmed he will write his final career chapter in the second half of this year.

The Ballyfermot man plans to fight for the first time since his middleweight world title defeat to Demetrius Andrade in Dublin on September 16 before seeking a ‘big all-Irish fight’.

It’s understood if he comes through September with ease he will push for an era-defining 160lbs fight with Jason Quigley on the Novermber 25, Katie Taylor – Chantelle Cameron II card.

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