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Fry unsure how long to continue

Courtney Fry
Fry has been left deflated by Barney's injury

Liverpool-based light-heavyweight Courtney Fry is agonising over his future after seeing another potential fight hit the canvas.

Fry, 34, was due to face Matthew Barney for the vacant British Masters title in Swindon on Friday but Barney has withdrawn with a back injury.

"I don't know what my next move is. Do I hang up my gloves or persevere for more?," he told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"It burns me out, training after training to be given bad news."

Fry, a Sydney Olympian in 2000, has boxed just 15 times in six years.

The Barney fight arrived off the back of a proposed world title shot, which fell through, which came on the back of proposed English and British title challenges which have failed to materialise for the man from Enfield.

Fry admits a succession of cancelled bouts, most notably his recent tilt at world honours against Poland's Dawid Kostecki, is beginning to wear him down.

Is this boxing game paying off for me? No matter how good I am, the best boxers aren't always the champions

Courtney Fry

"I even signed a contract for that world title fight in Poland against the Polish guy and somehow that's been taken from underneath me," he said.

"It gets harder and harder to be honest, I always think 'this is my last chance Courtney, throw everything away and go for it' and I've had to sacrifice work," said Fry.

The Londoner is in love with the sport but he is unsure how long he can live a life in limbo wondering where his next fight will come from.

"Financially it's devastating, I can survive but I have a family, a girlfriend and three kids it's extremely difficult.

"They want this, they want that and I'm the provider I've got to supply for them," added Fry.

"Is this boxing game paying off for me? No matter how good I am, the best boxers aren't always the champions."


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