JAMES Fryers is delighted to be afforded the chance to learn from a fighter that has been there, done that and wore the belt, never mind the t-shirt.
Recently retired former British Champion Martin Lindsay has been added to the undefeated light weights team and Fryers claims he can only learn from the ‘Mac Man’.
Fryers, who fights for the fifth time as a pro in the Devinish this coming Saturday, stresses Lindsay is only part of a successful team, but does stress the popular featherweight has the makings of a top coach.
“Having an experienced fighter and previous champion like Martin help Nugget and Fredo Melie train me is fantastic,” Fryers told Irish-boxing.com.
“i known that he has been through it all himself and that shows that he knows what it takes to get up there. Martin is relatively a new coach and has still got some things to learn but he’s going to turn into an excellent coach.”
Like Lindsay, Fryers isn’t one for any bold statements. The only thing brash about the 21 year old is he gladiatorial style shorts but declares confidence ahead of his clash with Lewis O’Mara (3-2-0), albeit in understated fashion.
“The camp for this fight has gone well, although I had to take a few breaks for my holiday and my cousins wedding other than that I’ve been training twice a day flat out in hard sessions. I don’t know much of my opponent except for he is southpaw and has a winning record. That’s all I know, but as long as I’m focused on what I’ll be doing I’m confident I will get the win,” he added before stressing that he is just happy to be kept busy for now.
“I have had three fights over the last few months, which is great In comparison to what my earlier career was like. I’m hoping to keep active and fight regularly, as I’ve suffered enough inactivity. I haven’t set any new goals for the new season, my goals have always stayed the same. They are to keep active and to keep progressing, stick to those goals and I can’t see why I can’t do well in the game of boxing.”