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Belfast boxer James Tennyson to fight Atif Shafiq for international title

James Tennyson is in his first lightweight title fight
James Tennyson is in his first lightweight title fight

Belfast lightweight James Tennyson will fight Yorkshire's Atif Shafiq for the WBA international title on Saturday at The 02 Arena in London.

The pair will go head-to-head on the undercard to pound-for-pound World No.1 Vasiliy Lomachenko's bruising battle with Luke Campbell.

27-year-old Tennyson, the former European title holder, comes into the fight on track for a world title shot soon, with this seen as another chance to stake his claim.

Tennyson - whose record sits at 24 wins and three defeats - is eager to get another world title fight after losing to Tevin Farmer in Boston last year for the IBF super-featherweight crown.

The Belfast man has already beaten Garry Neale and Brayan Mairen this year since moving up to lightweight at the start of 2019 and will be favourite to defeat Shafiq.

The English boxer has won 21 of his 23 fights, five of which have come by knockout, and has won his last five in a row.

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