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Tennyson would 'snap up' World title chance as Hyland Jnr open to Ormond rematch

James Tennyson's next fight could be a world title bout after he retained his current belt in Belfast on Saturday night.

Tennyson saw off Scotsman Darren Traynor to keep hold of his WBA International Super-Featherweight belt at the SSE Arena and the fighter is now ranked fifth in the division by WBA.

"Obviously the WBA (World title) just became vacant," he said on Sky Sports. "I'm sitting number five at the minute. If my shot comes up, I'll snap it up."

Tennyson ended his bout with a third round knock-out and promoter Eddie Hearn was also quick to talk up his title prospects.

"Well you'd think the next natural step is British and Commonwealth titles but he's found his way inside the top five with the WBA and the belt became vacant last night," Hearn said on Sky Sports. "Now it's time to move on and look at trying to challenge for a final eliminator or something connected to the WBA title. You've got some great fighters in Belfast but you need young fighters coming through and James is a great example of that new product coming out of Belfast and Northern Ireland. Stranger things have happened in boxing - you might see him get a shot at the real thing next.

"He has a choice to make with Mark Dunlop; British, Commonwealth, European titles or move on for a shot at WBA."

Meanwhile, Paul Hyland Jnr and Stephen Ormond could face a rematch of their IBF European Lightweight title clash after Hyland was awarded the bout on a split decision. The general consensus seemed to favour Ormond for the win, although both boxers felt they deserved the victory.

Hyland did say afterwards that Ormond 'deserves' a rematch.

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Paul Hyland JR and Stephen Ormond during their undercard fight at the SSE arena in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

"I think my boxing was what won it," he told Sky Sports. "He hit strong and I tried to slug it out with him but when I was boxing, he wasn't catching me much. I did get caught into some of his fights. You couldn't have done 12 rounds with a tougher guy, he's always in your face."

Ormond reflected: "I thought I'd clearly won the fight but these things happen. No disrespect to Paul, it was a great fight."

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