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Tennyson in make or break clash


By David Kelly

So often in boxing one man moves forward and the other takes a long slide down the ladder. James Tennyson and Darren Traynor find themselves in such a bout tonight.

Both Belfast man Tennyson and Scot Traynor have losses to British featherweight champion Ryan Walsh on their records and now they clash over 10 rounds at super-featherweight.

Tennyson enjoyed a good victory in June at the SSE Arena when cutting down Ryan Doyle and he will be hoping for a similar display against Traynor.

"I'm currently fifth with the WBA which I didn't really expect but if the opportunity comes I'm going to take it. It's the pinnacle and if you don't take the risks, you may not reap the rewards," said Tennyson.

"It's very exciting to be in the mix. I haven't looked too deep into it. Who knows what may happen, but if the Champion is looking down the rankings I may be in with a shout of a voluntary shot or further down the line it'll be down to me and my team to force the issue and eventually be in a position where they will have to fight me.

"I'd love to get my hands on the British title.

"I lost out down at featherweight but I want to keep developing and capturing more belts moving forward."

Tennyson, coached by Tony Dunlop, has already demonstrated that he possesses good power and it will be interesting to see how Traynor stands up to his heavy shots.

The SSE undercard kicks off at 5.00pm with the first local interest in around half an hour later when Belfast lightweight Joe Fitzpatrick meets Mwenya Chisanga.

Cruiserweight prospect Tommy McCarthy will follow on in what should be a routine victory over Hungarian Peter Hegyes.

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