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James Fryers senses career is now on the rise

By David Kelly

James Fryers aims to take another step up the British lightweight ladder when he returns to the ring on November 22 at the Devenish Complex.

The former Ulster senior champion endured a frustrating start to his professional career with very little action but now the 22-year-old Belfast man believes he has gained some momentum and is relishing the progress he can make in 2015.

A product of the highly successful amateur club Immaculata in west Belfast, Fryers continues to work with long-time coach Nugget Nugent and now also the former British featherweight champion Martin Lindsay.

Unbeaten Fryers steps up for his first eight rounder on the Devenish bill, which is headlined by fellow Belfast man Dee Walsh fighting for the Irish light-middleweight title.

"I'm really looking forward to this fight, it's good to be moving up for my first eight rounder and I have increased my training for this one," said lightweight Fryers, who faces Hungarian Sandor Horvath.

"At the start of my career it was very tough, it was a case of a fight every eight months and that's just not enough when you're wanting to progress into a top prospect.

"I'm now working with Mark Dunlop who's running this show in the Devenish and I'm a lot more active so hopefully I can keep going and push up the rankings.

"An Irish title has been mentioned for next year and that is possible but I'm not getting ahead of myself because that would be over 10 rounds and I'm only having my first eight rounder. I want more rounds under my belt before that."

Mild mannered Fryers doesn't have far to look for inspiration as he continues to spar with former champion Lindsay.

"Martin had his own tough times as a professional and he came through them, he just didn't have the luck at times. When he was fighting for titles I was in the gym and he is a big inspiration for me," added Fryers.

"Martin was a class act and it's great to work with him sparring and on the pads but apart from that he is able to give a lot of good advice because he has been there and done it."

The Devenish show will also feature unbeaten Ryan Burnett who has moved from the Ricky Hatton camp to Adam Booth, the former coach of David Haye.

2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Paddy Gallagher, now coached by John Breen, also returns to action on the show.

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