James Tennyson has the chance to set up an all-Belfast World title clash with Carl Frampton when he enters the ring in the Boston Garden tomorrow night, according to manager Mark Dunlop.
Tennyson challenges IBF super-featherweight champion Tevin Farmer and Dunlop believes victory could lead to a blockbuster clash with two-weight world champion Frampton, who challenges Josh Warrington for his IBF featherweight belt on December 22.
"Carl has always said that he would love to be a three-weight world champion so just imagine if James wins and he faces Carl at Windsor Park next summer - it would be huge," said Dunlop.
European super-featherweight champion Tennyson may be the underdog but his team are in confident mood ahead of the clash which will be screened on Sky Sports.
Tennyson has sparred many rounds with the Jackal, who will be at ringside in Boston primarily to cheer on Manchester gym-mate Tommy Coyle before sitting back to watch Tennyson.
“Farmer is the favourite but I really hope that James can bring the title back to Belfast. He’s got a real puncher’s chance,” said Frampton.
Tennyson has enjoyed a rapid rise over the past 12 months, winning the WBA’s international title before the biggest win of his career in the summer when stopping Martin J Ward to lift the European and Commonwealth belts.
Now manager Dunlop believes his power can enable him to cut through the slick boxing of champion Farmer and cause an upset.
“James has what every fighter would love to have — the power to turn a fight around,” he said.
“He’s going to find this fight tough in the first few rounds but it’s about catching up with him and James will catch up with him. We’re all feeling very confident.”