James Tennyson has chance to make breakthrough against Kris Hughes

James Tennyson (right) has to deliver against Kris Hughes in Belfast tonight
James Tennyson (right) has to deliver against Kris Hughes in Belfast tonight

James Tennyson looked calm and relaxed on Friday at the weigh-in for his British title eliminator and Celtic title clash against Kris Hughes at Andersonstown Leisure Centre in Belfast.

Tennyson took a couple of attempts to get inside the featherweight limit - but he can now concentrate on the challenge that lies ahead against Hughes on Saturday evening.

The Belfast fighter has won 11 of his 12 fights - with nine wins coming by KO - but Hughes who has won 17 of his 22 fights - will be his biggest and toughest test to date,

But ‘The Baby Faced Assassin’s’ manager Mark Dunlop believes his young charge is ready to step-up to the mark.

“James has always had a professional style so he made the crossover with ease and is blessed with a knock-out punch in either hand so it has set him in good stead during his first three years as a pro.

“It’s hard to gauge how good he is but Saturday night will answer a lot of questions.

“This is his biggest test and that is why the bill is called ‘The Test’ because James will have to deliver on Saturday night.

“If he does that he will move on to bigger and better things - but we are in no-way underestimating Hughes

“There a number of good fights on the bill and this will be a great night of boxing,” he added.

Running order for tomorrow night and tickets will be available on the door.

1. Joe Hillerby V Damian Taggart 4X3 Light Heavyweight, 2. Tyrone McKenna V Itsvan Kiss 6x3 Welterweight, 3. Daniel McShane V Zoltan Horvath 6x3 Lightweight, 4. Dee Walsh V Peter Orlik 6x3 Light Middleweigh; 5. James Fryers V Mark Morris, Lightweight (Boxing Union of Ireland, Celtic Nations Lightweight Title); 6. Paul Hyland Jnr V Imre Nagy 8x3 Lightweight (International Masters Bronze Lightweight Title); 7. Kris Hughes V James Tennyson 10X3 Featherweight (BBBofC Celtic Featherweight Title and British Title Eliminator)

Doors open 6pm, first fight 7pm.

l Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan will be aiming for a double success for Italia Thunder in Italy on Saturday night.

The Belfast duo meet the Argentina Condors Leandro Junior Zarate and Ignacio Perrin in the light-fly and bantamweight clashes in their penultimate World Series of Boxing fights in Milan.

Barnes will book a ticket for the 2016 Games if he earns ten points, nine points will also suffice, from his last two fights starting this weekend.

Conlan, who is in third spot in the bantam table, is aiming for a top-two finish to qualify for Rio.

l Belfast Bantamweight Ryan Burnett took his record to 8-0-0 last night with a points victory over Faycal Messaoudene at the York Hall.

The Adam Booth trained fighter dominated his French opponent throughout on his way to a 60-54 points win.

The Belfast boxer looked intent on an early stoppage until trainer Booth urged him to relax and get the rounds in at the end of the first.

Burnett landed some heavy body shots throughout against the tricky and elusive Messaoudene but the former Scott Quigg and Willie Casey foe kept a tight defence and survived the six rounds.

The bout was a good warm up for Burnett who will next travel to the United States to fight on the undercard of stablemate Andy Lee’s World Title defence gainst Peter Quillin.

Burnett is progressing well as a pro and Booth his keeping him busy - which will move him up the rankings quickly in the coming months.