BOXING: James Tennyson to challenge Martin J Ward for his European title on May 5

Belfast's James Tennyson

James Tennyson will take on Martin J. Ward for his European Super-Featherweight title - while the Belfast fighter will put his WBA International belt on the line – at The O2 in London on May 5.

Ward landed the vacant title in style in December in London by stopping Spaniard Juli Giner inside six rounds, adding the belt to his British and Commonwealth as the 26 year old aims to reach the top ticking off the titles as he goes.

But Tennyson is looking to derail the Ward bandwagon when they meet.

“It great to be part of another momentous night of boxing on Sky Sports,” said Tennyson.

“Big thanks to Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing for delivering another big opportunity.

“It feels strange to be taking on someone who you admire. Martin is a great champion but I have a great chance to get my hands on that title and I’m grabbing it and coming back across that Irish Sea with another belt.”

But Ward is looking to keep his title for a while longer.

“I’ve gone the traditional route and I’m happy I’ve done that.

“I’m proud to be European champion and I think it’s important to defend titles when you win them so this is a good start to 2018 for me after a brilliant year last year.

“I want to progress onto the World stage now. I’ve won everything there is to win and when I beat James, I want to start working towards getting to World-level. I believe I am ready now and I’ll prove that on May 5.”

Ward and Tennyson clash on a huge night of action in Greenwich as bitter Heavyweight rivals Tony Bellew and David Haye meet in a rematch.

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