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Tennyson looks to make a real statement to the big boys by stopping Straffon in Manchester


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Quick finisher: James Tennyson has stopped all six lightweight opponents

Quick finisher: James Tennyson has stopped all six lightweight opponents

Quick finisher: James Tennyson has stopped all six lightweight opponents

Having stopped all six opponents since making the step up to lightweight, James Tennyson is planning to make yet another statement at the Manchester Arena tonight when he tangles with Jovanni Straffon (live on Sky Sports Box Office from 6pm).

'The Assassin' has forged a reputation as one of the most exciting fighters around due to his all-action, seek and destroy style, so fireworks are expected from the opening bell as he and his Mexican opponent duke it out for the vacant IBO lightweight belt.

At yesterday's weigh-in, both men came in under the 135lb limit with Tennyson slightly heavier at 134.7 to Straffon's 133.2, but it was also noticeable during the head-to-head that the Mexican is slightly taller, so won't be giving away added advantages to the Belfast man who is a ferocious puncher.

Tennyson is favourite to not only win, but do it in style, but he must be wary as, while Straffon has not mixed it at the top level, the man from Mexico City has a decent stoppage ratio too.

'Impacto' has a typical Mexican style and can finish well if the opportunity arises, but does appear a little one-paced if footage of previous contests is anything to go by. The question will be whether he will be so keen to let his hands go once his fellow 27-year-old finds the target in a fight that is hard to see going the 12 scheduled rounds.

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"He has a good record, a good few knockouts and seems to like to have a go," said Tennyson.

"These Mexicans are known for their toughness. They have come here and caused upsets, but I'm fit, ready and really focused as I know what this fight does for me and what could lie ahead. I'm really confident in getting the win."

Both will look to seize the initiative from the off and lay down a marker, but momentum is on the side of Tennyson who looks well placed to continue his knockout streak and send a message to the top names in boxing's hottest division.


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