By Terence Dooley
London-born, Liverpool-based light-heavyweight contender Courtney Fry posted a hard fought win over the previously undefeated Matty Clarkson on a Coldwell Boxing bill in October to ensure he went into 2013 on a run of five victories. Fry last lost in October 2009, an eighth-round TKO to current WBO titlist Nathan Cleverly, and the six-threes decision win over Clarkson at Manchester’s Bowlers Exhibition Centre was made all the sweeter by virtue of the fact that Clarkson, now 8-1-2 (1), was the home fighter.
“Yeah, they thought I was at the end and four week’s notice wasn’t really enough, but I am in training whether I have a fight or not,” said Fry when speaking to BoxingScene. “All my life, I’ve been up and down, now I’m 37-years young and it is time to start thinking about putting these kids away. I’m not a mug, I know I could be a well-paid journeyman, but I’m not ready for that just yet.
“[Promoter] Dave [Coldwell] upset me a bit when he touched Matty’s hands and was like: ‘Get it done’, so that to me meant game on, but this is a sport, we were all there to do a job and we came out victorious. I would come back to one of Dave’s shows. I learned a lot more about myself and would do things differently next time because I didn’t even watch a video on him (Clarkson). I looked at him in the first round, thought I’d expose him a bit more, but he came back with shots and there were rounds I’d have given to him.”
He added: “You know what? My thoughts are this — I’m not there to be bowled over. You can bring me in thinking that’s going to happen, but I’m not going to make it that easy and they’re the thoughts of any boxer you’ll speak to. We have to be in it to win it.”
Fry won an ABA title back in 2001, but he has endured mixed fortunes in the pros, he has boxed his way back into contention on small hall bills since losing his British and Commonwealth title tilt against Cleverly and enjoys the atmosphere generated by passionate fans.
“Sometimes you get more atmosphere on those shows, it was good going out there to his fans cheering because it spurred me on,” he said. “Cheer for him and it spurs me on, boo me and it spurs me on, so that’s all good to me. People probably read my profile, saw my age and thought I was there to lose, but I’m not finished. I’m not just a name to come on these shows and be turned over.
“Matty is a great prospect, if we fought again I’d need more time because if he is the fighter he can be then he’ll go away and learn from this, so will be better the next time. I hate losing. Nobody wants to lose. It is a hard life out there, you’ve got to go out there and do the best you can.”
Clarkson netted a comeback win in December, a four-threes decision over Elvis Dube. Fry, 18-3 (6) has yet to ink his next fight. However, don’t bet against the two men meeting again during the coming year — a rematch of their thrilling first encounter wouldn’t be a bad thing.
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