Belfast Telegraph

Monday 24 November 2014

Tennyson sets sights on landing Irish title

JAMES Tennyson aims to take his fledgling career to the next level when he challenges for the vacant Irish super-featherweight title at St Kevin's Hall, Belfast.

The 19-year-old, coached by Tony Dunlop, has chalked up five straight victories and will now meet Mickey Coveney on April 27 for the Irish title which has been vacated unbeaten Belfast man Anthony Cacace.

Tennyson already holds a victory over Coveney, on points last year, and he is expected to repeat the win as he seeks to start moving up the British rankings.

"I beat him before, I kept things at range and outboxed him and I'm pretty confident that I can do the same again but I'm sure he'll be out for revenge," said Tennyson, who has been developing a decent following.

"I think the atmosphere in the place will be fantastic. I took about 50 or 60 to watch me box in Scotland and I had a good number at my last fight in Dundalk.

"It's going to be a big night for me, topping the bill in my first 10 rounder but I'll be ready for it.

"I feel that I'm developing quite well as a pro, I'm punching a lot harder and I'm feeling very strong at the weight.

"I've stopped four out of my five opponents but I don't go looking for the stoppage, if it comes then great. I can't wait for the fight, I'll be in great shape."

St Kevin's Hall has held many amateur events in recent times but this will be the first professional event with around 600 fans expected to pack into the venue for a show which will also feature unbeaten Belfast cruiserweight Connall Carmichael.

Daniel 'Insane' McShane will also be looking to extend his unbeaten record on the supporting bill.

Unbeaten east Belfast man Matthew Wilton will be having his first six rounder on the show along with fellow prospect Stevie Quinn Jnr.

Wilton's brother Luke is hoping to return to the ring in May in Belfast, on the back of his brave British and Commonwealth flyweight title defeat at the hands of Kevin Satchell.

Ticket Prices: Balcony £25 (no children under 10) Floor £30 (unreserved) VIP Ringside £40 (plus after party).

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