BOXING: James Tennyson closing in on British title bid

Mark Dunlop (left to right), James Tennyson, Paul McLean of A McLean Bookmakers, Adrian Logan and James Fryers
Mark Dunlop (left to right), James Tennyson, Paul McLean of A McLean Bookmakers, Adrian Logan and James Fryers

James Tennyson is closing in at speed at a shot at the British featherweight title in the coming months.

The Belfast fighter was due to face Darren Traynor in a final eliminator for the British belt - but MHD Promotions have released Traynor from their contract to face Tennyson in that final eliminator.

The contest which was also a defence of Tennyson’s Celtic Title was due to take place at the Europa Hotel on Saturday February 6.

But it has now been confirmed by Robert Smith - General Secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control - that Tennyson is their new mandatory challenger for the British Featherweight title.

So Traynor will now face British Champion Ryan Walsh on January 22 at the York Hall on the Frank Warren promoted show.

The winner will then have to face Tennyson within 90 days but should the winner become injured the title will become vacant with the big punching Belfast lad and the next available contender clashing for the vacant title.

And promoter Mark Dunlop was pleased with the news.

“It’s a very strong position for James to be in, nobody can avoid him or stall his big opportunity to become a British champion. It also gives me a strong chance to win the purse bids to stage this fight in Belfast.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for James to get his hands on a British title and I have every confidence he will do that if he gets the chance.

“Previous Belfast champions at this weight include Barry McGuigan and Martin Lindsay so it would be great to have Tennyson’s name on that list,” added Dunlop

Tennyson will most likely have a warm up fight in the Europa on the MHD Promotions in association with A McLean Bookmakers on a bill that will feature James Fryers versus Maxi Hughes in an eliminator for the British Super Featherweight title.

Paul Hyland Jnr, Joe Fitzpatrick and Fergal McCrory will also feature. For tickets telephone 07712 473905 or contact the boxers on the bill.