James Tennyson back in groove after Belfast masterclass

James Tennyson on the attack against Ian Bailey
James Tennyson on the attack against Ian Bailey

James Tennyson erased the memory of his shock defeat at the Odyssey last year after turning in a five star display at the Devenish Complex on Saturday night.

Tennyson’s unbeaten record went last year as he was stopped by Pavels Senkovs in the second round of their contest at the Belfast venue.

That defeat would have been a shock to the system but Tennyson has regrouped, refocused and regenerated himself and he was in sublime form at the weekend as he dismantled Ian Bailey over eight rounds.

The Belfast fighter won every round against the teak tough Bailey and varied his work to out-think and out-box his game opponent.

It was a masterclass from the 20-year and there is certainly more to come from him in the months and years ahead.

And Tennyson says his defeat at the Odyssey has made him stronger.

“I was disappointed but I am back now and I am feeling confident and I am determined to put that defeat behind me.

“Beating Bailey is a great result for me and it will give my confidence a wee boost.

“Bailey was ranked four in the British rankings , so this is a great scalp for me to get. This win will move me up the rankings,” said Tennyson.

And the west Belfast lad says Bailey was a tough cookie.

“It was a very good test and Ian Bailey is a very tough guy. I rocked him a few times but he is one tough guy.

“I threw a few good shots, wobbled him but he was a really tough guy as he just kept coming forward.

“I was pleased with the way I boxed and I will leave my next fight up to my tram and then take it from there. he added.

And Alfredo Meli kept his unbeaten record intact with a superb points win over four rounds against Samet Hyuseinov.

Meli bossed the fight from start to finish and his crowd friendly come forward style impressed the fans in attendence at the Devenish.

And former Immaculata amateur was plesased with his night’s work.

“It was a good scrap, a good four rounder and hopefully I can keep it going. It’s all thanks to the team round me.

“I hurt him and I should have boxed and moved but I wanted a scrap. But the main thing is that I won the fight.

“Hopefully I will be out on June 6 and then again on June 14. I will take it fight by fight and keep moving up the rankings. I am undefeated now in six fights and I just have to keep that going,” said Meli.

There also another stunning performance from Dee Walsh as he downed Krisztian Duka three times in the first round before the fight was stopped.

The fight was brief but it’s obvious that Walsh has talent to burn and he looks as if he could have a huge future in the game.

Walsh has been out of the game for a while before making his return on Saturday nigth and he is delighted to be back.

“Big time – the crowd were great and I am delighted to be back.

“And people say ‘I don’t punch’ but there you go. I have power and I showed that tonight,” he added.

Also at the Devenish Derek Potter made his debut against Ben Mulligan and came away with a 40-37 points win over four rounds.

Potter did well on his debut and under the guidence of John Breen - he should progress well.