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Belfast duo are closing in on British title showdowns

By Staff Reporter

Belfast men Tommy McCarthy and James Tennyson are set for crucial fights early in 2016 as they seek to close in on British title shots.

McCarthy, who returns to the ring tomorrow night in Blackpool, has been nominated by the British Boxing Board of Control to face Scotland's Stephen Simmonds for the Celtic cruiserweight title with the winner expected to go on and challenge for the Lonsdale belt.

Manager Pat Magee says he is ready to bid for the fight which will go to purse bids and the local man is confident of bringing the fight to Belfast.

"I would like to see Tommy facing Simmonds in either February or March. We're delighted that he has this chance because it's a great way to start 2016 and gets Tommy in the mix for a British title," he said.

Tennyson will defend his Celtic featherweight title in a British title final eliminator against Darren Traynor at the Europa Hotel on February 6. Tennyson, managed by Mark Dunlop, will be aiming to secure a showdown with British champion Ryan Walsh.

Irishman Spike O'Sullivan will look to upset the odds in London tomorrow night when he faces Chris Eubank jnr on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's clash with Dillian Whyte.

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