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James Tennyson wants to make some waves

By David Kelly

Young Belfast super-featherweight James Tennyson says he will show his true potential when he returns to the ring at the Devonish tomorrow night.

Last October the 20-year-old Irish champion came unstuck against journeyman Pavels Senkovs in the Odyssey Arena, suffering a shock second round knockout.

For the likeable lad from Poleglass it was a huge wake-up call and he didn't step back into the ring until last month when he stopped another journeyman, Hungarian Ignac Kassai in the third round.

Tennyson (right) now meets Ian Bailey in an eight rounder which tops the Devonish bill. Bailey has been the distance with good quality fighters such as reigning Commonwealth featherweight champion Josh Warrington, European champion Kid Galahad and Northern Ireland hero Carl Frampton in the early stages of his career.

For Tennyson, it is a good step up in class and the Irish champion insists he is ready for the test.

"Bailey is a tough guy, he's been in with some top guys so I know this is my toughest fight yet without a doubt," said Tennyson.

"He's an aggressive guy, likes to come forward so I'm going to have to use my boxing skills. It should be an exciting fight.

"He's well ranked in the British ratings so if I can beat him then that will push me up the ladder.

"I'm not thinking about what will happen after this fight, I just have to focus on Bailey."

Tennyson, coached by Tony Dunlop at the Kronk gym in north Belfast, certainly learned a harsh lesson from the upset loss to Senkovs.

"That was a tough loss. The punch just came out of nowhere and I couldn't recover," he added.

"But now I really feel that I have got my career back on track. I had that win out in Hungary and now I have this fight.

"I couldn't be in better shape, I've sparred more rounds than ever before and I am ready to go. I'm convinced that you'll see the best of me on Saturday night.

"I'm still very young so I know there isn't any rush.

"I still have a lot to learn but I'm moving in the right direction. Hopefully I can get the win over Bailey which would be a good step forward."

Meanwhile, former British featherweight champion Martin Lindsay has been added to the bill.

Lindsay was to have boxed last weekend but for the second time in seven days his fight didn't go ahead. Now he has a six rounder in the Devonish ahead of his Commonwealth title fight with Josh Warrington later this month.

Former British flyweight title challenger Luke Wilton takes another step back towards title contention, while Belfast's Paul Hyland jnr makes his debut and Dee Walsh also features.

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