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Tennyson thrills crowd with first-minute knockout

By Steve Wellings

James Tennyson scored an impressive one-round knockout win over Arnoldo Solano at the Europa Hotel on Saturday evening.

Headlining Mark Dunlop's 'Assassin's Creed' card, Tennyson was too big and too strong for the Nicaraguan who was left doubled over in agony and counted out just 59 seconds in to the eight-rounder. After circling briefly, Tennyson whipped in a left hook to the body that crunched Solano's rib cage and sent the crowd home happy.

James currently enjoys a lofty ranking with the WBA, courtesy of holding their International super-featherweight strap. The 24-year-old is on the radar of world belt holders and could find himself in a title tilt sometime this year.

"I'm happy enough with that and it's onwards and upwards from here," said Tennyson.

Feargal McCrory dismissed the threat of journeyman Rafael Castillo after an intense six rounds. Castillo hit the deck in round two but regrouped and fought hard on the way to a 58-55 loss. McCrory took a solid body shot in the final round that seemed to knock the wind out of him but the bell sounded and the Coalisland prospect had already secured his eighth pro win.

"He was a tough man who came to fight and he gave me a tough six rounds," said McCrory. "He caught me with a cracking shot to the throat at the end of the second round and I wasn't hurt but couldn't recover."

Daniel 'Insane' McShane returned from nearly three years out to exact revenge upon the man who sent him into exile after an upset win in 2015. Zoltan Horvath was never able to replicate that form as McShane romped home 40-35. Horvath was deducted a point in the third round by referee Hugh Russell Jr after holding and hitting one too many times.

The Hungarian was walking a fine line in the final rounds as disqualification loomed, but he managed to keep control. McShane looked good in patches and enjoyed some showboating in the final round.

Also returning after absence was Newtownards' Stevie Quinn Jr who enjoyed a routine 60-54 win over Spanish-based Nicaraguan Edwin Tellez. Quinn turned the screw as the bout progressed and eased home on Hugh Russell Jr's ringside scorecard. Quinn's southpaw skills and height advantage were too much for Tellez.

Ronnie Clark defeated Dean Evans 60-54 and Lucas Ballingall won 60-57 against Karl Kelly.

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