Corey Fry heads to Germany to face Deniz Ilbay but promises to silence the 20,000-strong crowd at OKTAGON 49.
The bout will be Fry’s promotional debut, going down this Saturday inside Cologne’s Lanxess Arena. The British prospect signed with the European outfit following a successful period with UKFC.
His opponent, who missed weight on Friday, goes into the fight as a slight favourite having a 22-3 boxing record and currently unbeaten MMA record.
Fry is unbothered by the odds, claiming it is his biggest advantage in the fight.
He said: “If anyone says it doesn’t bother them then I think they’d be lying. You’re going into enemy territory, potentially, in front of 20,000 people that don’t like you. They’re not going to be rooting for me and that’s the simple fact of it!
“All I see is 20,000 people to upset, I’m going in there as the underdog. For me, I’ve got something to lose, but really I haven’t got anything to lose. I’m going in there to fight their top boy, I’m there to cause an upset!
“I’ve looked at the odds and stuff, I am the underdog on the fight but that is a lot of pressure on him! On paper, I’m meant to lose! I know I’m not going to and I believe in myself that I’m going to ruin this guy! But, on paper, they think I’m meant to lose, so that puts double pressure on him because he’s meant to win.
“I’ve got everything to win and he’s got everything to lose – I think that’s my biggest advantage in this fight.”
Fry Discusses Incredible Finishing Record
The North West Fight Academy representative is currently 5-1 as a professional with all five wins coming by way of first-round finish. However, this finishing record was also prevalent during his amateur career.
The Englishman revealed his stoppages all come effortlessly to him.
He said: “We don’t get paid for overtime, do we, in this game!? The more I hang about, the more damage I’m going to take.
“To be honest, the knockouts – my coach always says to me [that] I am one of the best strikers when I don’t look for the knockout, when it just comes.
“Them last few fights [that] I’ve had, when I’ve been knocking them out, I’ve hit them and they’ve gone down and I’ve thought ‘I didn’t even put anything into that!’. It just comes so effortless, in a way.
“I’ve always been a striker from being a young kid, I’ve always gravitated towards striking and it’s always been my natural gift to be able to put people to sleep. I’m like the human anaesthetic, aren’t I!?”
Corey Fry Full Exclusive Interview
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