James Tennyson [27(23)-3(3)] will fight in a world title eliminator on December 4, Eddie Hearn confirmed today.
The Matchroom boss revealed the recent British title lightweight title winner will return on the Sky Sports broadcast, Billy Joe Saunders Martin Murray card.
‘The Assassin’ will fight in a WBA world title eliminator against one of that governing bodies top 15.
“We are looking to make a world title eliminator for James Tennyson for the WBA lightweight title, which we will announce soon,” Hearn told IFL TV.
The current WBA super champion is one Teofimo Lopez, fresh of his win over Vasyl Lomachenko, while Gervonta Davies, who last week stopped Leo Santa Cruz is the ‘regular’ world champion.
However, victory on the Wembley Arena hosted show in December won’t necessarily mean he is next in line for either American star.
To secure mandatory status, ‘Tenny’ would have to win a FINAL eliminator.
However, it’s still another big fight for the former super featherweight world champion and victory will significantly help his ranking.
If he does manage to move toward the top #3 and Lopez vacates the 26-year-old should be in the frame when it comes to a vacant shot.
The likes of Rolando Romero, Robert Easter Jr, Lomachenko, Jorge Linares and Francesco Patera are all ranked ahead of WBA #10 Tennyson in the rankings.
Linares has a good working relationship with Matchroom and could be an option.
Patera has been mentioned previously and is the current European champion. The Belgian has also fought on Matchroom cards, making it an easy fight to make.
Patera, who defeated Tennyson’s MHD stablemate Paul Hyland Jr last year, would also provide Tennyson with the chance to become Ireland’s first ever two weight European champion.