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Belfast boxer James Tennyson lands dream world title shot in Boston

 

Belt up: James Tennyson after capturing the European title
Belt up: James Tennyson after capturing the European title
David Kelly

By David Kelly

James Tennyson has the chance to join the greats of Irish boxing after being handed a surprise world title opportunity.

The entertaining, hard-hitting Belfast man will challenge American Tevin Farmer for the IBF super-featherweight championship on October 20 in Boston.

Farmer-Tennyson will be the chief supporting bout to the WBO middleweight title scrap between Billy Joe Saunders and Demetrius Andrade. The show will also feature Scott Quigg as he returns following his loss to WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez and Sheffield's Kid Galahad in a bout which can lead to him becoming the mandatory challenger to IBF featherweight title holder Josh Warrington.

Farmer (28) won the super-featherweight belt with a unanimous decision over Australia Billy Dib - a stablemate of Luke Jackson, who was stopped by Carl Frampton at Windsor Park last weekend.

Philadelphia man Farmer is hunting down unification bouts as soon as possible, with champions Gervonta Davis, Miguel Berchelt and Masayuki Ito all on his radar.

"Winning that belt after everything I've been through brought me indescribable joy," said Farmer.

"I always felt that I was a true champion. I just had to go over to Australia, capture the title and prove it, and I did just that. I came home a champion and celebrated, but I got right back in the gym.

"I want to be an active champion and defend my title. That's why I'm so thrilled about this deal.

"It's a pleasure to work with both DiBella Entertainment and Matchroom Boxing USA and I know that with us working together, big things are going to happen.

"Ultimately, my goal is to get all the belts and I'll do whatever it takes. I'm open to fighting anybody to unify.

"I'm looking forward to showing the world who Tevin Farmer is and what I can do."

Belfast man Tennyson will have other ideas, having already caused an upset by stopping Martin Ward in London to win the European super-featherweight title.

Credit to local manager Mark Dunlop, who has guided Tennyson back from an early loss as well as a British title defeat to European glory and a crack at world champion Farmer.

The fight is expected to be confirmed today at a press conference in Boston.

Promoter Eddie Hearn recently signed a huge deal with the streaming company DAZN in the States and has put together a string of world title fights.

World lightweight champion Katie Taylor will also be part of the bill as she defends against American Cindy Serrano.

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