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Crowd-pleaser Tennyson eyes title shot

By David Kelly

James Tennyson is building a reputation as one of the most entertaining fighters in the UK, having come through some rocky moments to stop Scotland's Darren Traynor in the SSE Arena.

Belfast man Tennyson surprisingly finds himself at number five in the WBA ratings and while the victory over Traynor logically places him in line for a shot at the British or Commonwealth super-featherweight titles, Hearn says he may just try and keep on the path towards a world title shot.

Tennyson uncorked a right hand 20 seconds into the second that floored the Scot but almost immediately afterwards found himself trouble. As he wildly went for the finish, Traynor nailed him with his own quick bursts. Tennyson worked well to the body at the start of the third but then had to absorb some stinging hooks from before landing his hammer right to end the bout at 2:24.

"As soon as it landed I had a fair idea that he wasn't getting up. I'm giving the fans what they want to see," said Tennyson.

Promoter Hearn is now aiming to place the Belfast man in a World title eliminator. "He should be fighting for the British and Commonwealth super-featherweight titles which Martin Ward will vacate but he's also the number five in the world. He could get a final eliminator and you may seem Tennyson fight for a world title in 2018.

"Of course he needs a lot more seasoning but if a good offer comes along then you take it and you can't rule him out because he can punch."

Tyrone McKenna believes he took a step closer to a British super-lightweight title fight after outpointing Frenchman Renald Garrido 96-94. "Hopefully the Tommy Coyle fight can still be made. I'm 100 per cent ready for titles," said McKenna.

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