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Eddie Hearn heralds Irish lightweight as one of boxing’s biggest punchers

James Tennyson [27(23)-3(3)] is among the biggest punchers in world boxing according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

The promoter took part in a questions and answers session on Instagram live today.

One of the questions put to him was with regard to the pound-for-pound biggest puncher in boxing.

Japanese three-weight world champion, Naoya Inoue was the first name that sprung to mind, but it didn’t take long for Hearn to mention ‘The Assassin’.

The Matchroom promoter admits the Belfast lightweight may not have the promotional clout of the likes of Inoue as of yet, but he certainly isn’t lacking when it comes to genuine clout.

“I know he doesn’t have the profile of Inoue, pound for pound James Tennyson is one of the biggest punchers in boxing – and he is going to be in an eliminator for the world title soon,” said the Matchroom boss.

Tennyson has always been a big puncher, 23 of his 27 wins have come via TKO – and he has only been brought the distance on three occasions.

Since moving up to lightweight the former Irish, British, Commonwealth and European champion has looked particularly powerful.

None of the former world title challengers five lightweight foes have seen the final bell, including Gavin Gwynne in a British title fight.

‘Tenny’ is expected to return on the Sky Sports broadcast Billy Joe Saunders Martin Murray card on December 4.

‘The Assassin’ will fight in a WBA world title eliminator against one of that governing body’s top 15, according to Hearn.

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 sports for a living for over 20 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