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James Tennyson is fired up for toughest test to date

By Steve Wellings

James Tennyson has described tonight's fight with Kris Hughes as the biggest challenge of his career so far. Headlining Mark Dunlop's show at the Andersonstown Leisure Centre, James will move one step closer to a British title shot if he can dispatch 'Badger' Hughes.

"This is undoubtedly the biggest fight so far for me," admitted Tennyson. "There's a British title fight at the end of it and a Celtic title on the line so the outcome is huge."

Hughes was beaten by Carl Frampton back in 2012 and arrives in Belfast with a 17-5 record. Tennyson sees the Scottish visitor as a more difficult proposition than 2013 Irish title victim Mickey Coveney.

"Coveney is my biggest opponent to date but I'd say that Hughes is going to be a tougher test for sure," he said. "I don't know too much about him but he's a southpaw and definitely a step up because he's above me in the rankings. He's had more fights and got that bit more experience but my training team have devised a fight plan on how to deal with him."

Tennyson is only 21 but maturing nicely - meaning that a move up to super-featherweight is likely at some point in the future.

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