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“Absolute beast’ – Eddie Hearn hails James Tennyson’s punching power ahead of Fight Camp title fight

Gavin Gwynne [12(2)-1(0)] will have to survive against one of the hardest hitting lightweights on the planet if he is claim the British title on August 1, according to Eddie Hearn.

The Welsh fighter is hoping to win the Lonsdale belt at the second attempt when he takes on Belfast’s James Tennyson [26(22)-3(3)] on the first Fight Camp card.

The mandated and rescheduled bout – it was first set for May and Cardiff – was one of a number of eagerly anticipated perceived 50-50’s announced for the series on Friday.

Hearn is adamant it will deliver on it’s promise and predicts a ‘toe to toe war’ will play out in his back garden.

Gwynne has challenged for the strap previously, coming up short against fellow Welsh fighter Joe Cordina in a competitive clash.

The Matchroom boss expects him to ask similar questions of the former super featherweight European champion, but warns he is in against one of the divisions deadliest punchers.

“Gwynne we saw in a great fight, a war at the O2, with Joe Cordina. He’s coming in from Wales to try and become British champion,” Hearn said when announcing the fight.

“James Tennyson, who moved up from super featherweight, is looking like an absolute beast at 135 pounds. I think he’s one of the hardest punchers in the division.

“That is going to be an absolute toe-to-toe war right here.”

Tennyson has proved himself a big puncher since he debuted as a teen.

The 26-year-old’s two Irish title wins came via stoppage, as did his European title victory and his Commonwealth win. The last time the fighter, who continues make relevant his ‘Assassin’ ring moniker, went the distance was back in 2016 and he has looked even more lethal since moving up a division.

The Tony Dunlop trained fighter has stopped Craig Evans, Atif Shafiq , Brayan Mairena and Gary Neale since losing a super featherweight world title fight to Tevin Farmer.

The Mark Dunlop managed Poleglass puncher has won titles at feather and super featherweight and plans to win his first title as a lightweight whilst taking a step toward a second world title shot.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie