‘Bombs away’ – James Tennyson to fight on Matchroom Fight Camp

The fact those in the Matchroom office are imagining just what it will sound like when James Tennyson lands big behind closed doors suggests possibly Ireland’s biggest puncher is set for a backyard brawl.

The Belfast lightweight was due to fight Gavin Gwynne for the vacant British title on May 2, only for the current pandemic to delay his bid to add a fifth major title to his collection.

With the fight mandated by the BBBofC it was always going to be rescheduled, but up and until now there has been no suggestion as to when it may take place.

However, Frank Smith changed that whilst speaking to the BBC yesterday.

The Matchroom chief executive has hinted the new Matchroom signing and former European champion will take part in Fight Camp.

Matchroom plan four shows over a four week period outdoors at Matchroom’s head quarters – and Tennyson versus Gwynne now looks certain to populate one of the four.

“We’re were talking in the office about some of the shots James puts in. The noise you are going to hear when Tennyson is in there throwing big bombs is going to be quite impressive,” Smith said.

Tennyson, a world title challenger at super featherweight has impressed Matchroom so much of late that they signed the Mark Dunlop managed fighter up to a long term contract.

Smith certainly forsee’s a successful long term relationship.

“James is going to come back even stronger. He showed his grit and his determination and I think he’s got a great future ahead of him,” Smith added.

Matchroom have confirmed the line up for the first of their proposed four summer cards and there is no Irish interest on it.

The last of the four will be topped by Dillian Whyte versus Alexander Povetkin – and is likely to include Katie Taylor versus Amanda Serrano as well as Jason Quigley versus Jack Cullen.

Tennyson could provide further Irish interest on that card or could even top either of the two other fight nights.

Belfast cruiserweight Tommy McCarthy is also keen to appear on Fight Camp and is hopeful his mandated European title fight will populate one of the fight nights.

There was a rumour Eddie Hearn was considering Sean McComb and Gary Cully as potentials and other Irish fighters may get the opportunity to appear. Some smart seed planting and call outs may help in that regard.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com