James Tennyson has moved a step closer to a world title fight after being named as the WBA’s number one contender for its super-featherweight belt.
The Belfast fighter won the European and Commonwealth titles in May after getting up off the floor to stop Martin J Ward in five rounds.
That win has led to him moving up from two to one in the WBA rankings.
Tennyson is expected to make a voluntary defence of his European belt against France’s Samir Ziani, will be his final contest before a world title challenge.
Ziani, who has a career record of 28 wins, one draw and three defeats, lost a European title challenge against compatriot Guillaume Frenois in November 2016.