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Test for unbeaten Fryers

By Steve Wellings

James Fryers faces a stern test of his credentials in the Europa Hotel tonight when he headlines Mark Dunlop's six-fight 'Elimination' card. James knows that a win over experienced Maxi Hughes in their British super-featherweight eliminator will put him on the brink of a title shot.

"It is great to have the fight in my home town. I have been training twice a day and I am really up for this one," said Fryers.

"I only had a quick look at Hughes because I would rather work it out on the night. He is a southpaw and a counter puncher."

Currently undefeated in 11 contests, Fryers has been steadily progressing under the radar after linking up with MHD Promotions. An impressive victory over Yorkshireman Hughes will help the Immaculata boxer force his way into the domestic mix.

"This is the first time I have headlined a show and that has also given me more motivation," added 'The Future'.

"I expect to get a few rounds under my belt but I will win this one."

Hughes arrives in Belfast sporting a 14-2-2 record with only two stoppage wins. The 25-year-old has competed at a good level, tangling with the likes of Martin J. Ward and Scott Cardle but is oblivious to the threat posed by Fryers.

"I'd never heard of him until I got the call and that's not me being disrespectful it's just that I don't follow the Irish scene," admitted Hughes.

James Tennyson knows that he cannot afford any slips ups in a six-rounder against Croatia's Antonio Horvatic. If the featherweight gets through unscathed then a shot at reigning British champion Ryan Walsh is already mandated by the Board.

"I believe Tennyson will grow into Belfast's own Ricky Hatton," said Mark Dunlop.

Further down the card Joe Fitzpatrick continues his ring education against Ruslans Berdimuradovs while Paul Hyland Jnr tackles Jacek Wylezol.

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