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Fired-up James Tennyson aiming to shock Ryan Walsh

By David Kelly

James Tennyson is eager to show promoter Frank Warren that he can be a major hit on the featherweight scene, starting with victory in his British title clash with Ryan Walsh at London's Copper Box Arena on April 30.

Belfast man Tennyson, the current Celtic 9st champion, will be seen as the underdog going into the fight with Walsh, whose only defeat came at the hands of current IBF World champion Lee Selby. But, having signed with Hall of Fame promoter Warren, Tennyson is relishing his big opportunity.

"I am honoured to have been hand-picked by Mr Warren to join his promotional company. I have grown up watching him create legends such as Naseem Hamed, Joe Calzaghe & Ricky Hatton," said Tennyson.

"He has given me an unbelievable opportunity to make something great for myself and the people of Northern Ireland and I fully intend to grab it with both hands."

The 22-year-old, who also has a solitary defeat on his record alongside 16 wins, is managed by local man Mark Dunlop.

Dunlop commented: "While James is only 22 he totally lives the life, he is very dedicated and focused, blessed with a knock-out punch in each hand, natural stamina and possesses great all-round boxing skills. His exciting style is made for TV and can go all the way."

Meanwhile, the mooted Matchroom boxing show at the SSE Arena on April 30 featuring hot Belfast prospects Ryan Burnett and Tommy McCarthy has been put on hold.

McCarthy's British cruiserweight title eliminator with Jon Lewis Dickinson will now be part of Matchroom Boxing's May 21 show instead, in Glasgow when Ricky Burns faces Michele De Rocco for the vacant WBA super-lightweight title.

McCarthy's manager Pat Magee said: "We're happy that Tommy is still getting his chance in Glasgow and he will be seen on Sky television."

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