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Tennyson on mission to show he belongs at highest level

 

By David Kelly

Belfast man James Tennyson believes he has the stage and the opponent to show the British boxing fraternity that he is a serious threat to the top super-featherweights.

Tennyson has been matched with Manchester's Ryan Doyle for the WBA international super-featherweight title on the undercard of Ryan Burnett's clash with IBF World bantamweight champion Lee Haskins on Saturday night at the SSE Arena.

Both have similar records having boxed largely at the same level, so this is the hardest test for either man so far.

Irish champion Tennyson said: "I believe I'm beyond Irish title level. I'm not going to gain or learn much more at that level or by boxing journeymen. I've gone through that now. This is a fight that I needed and will help bring my career to the next level.

"I've watched Ryan and this is going to be a really entertaining match up. With the WBA International title on the line, it gives it a little more spice.

"Usually I don't look too much into my opponents, I get in there and take it as it comes. I'm confident in my own ability to get the job done."

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