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Eddie Hearn tells fighters to follow ‘Irish GGG’ James Tennyson’s electrifying example

Fighters should follow the example set by the ‘Irish GGG’ James Tennyson, according the Eddie Hearn.

The Matchroom boss believes the Belfast lightweight is the poster boy for making the most of a big opportunity.

When trying to explain fighters need to make the most of their time in the spotlight and use the Sky platform to entertain, Hearn used Tennyson as an example as to how it should be done.

Hearn stressed the Belfast fighter, who he has called the Irish Golovkin throughout fight week, is electric when the lights are plugged in.

“Fighters have to understand, and this goes for everybody on the card, you have to go out there and you have to entertain. If you want to be a star, if you want people to want to watch you, if you want, if you want to get fight dates, if you want Sky [you have to entertain],” said Hearn.

“Look at someone like James Tennyson. Every time he steps through the ropes he is electric. He lets his hands go from the first bell, he is always trying to knock out his opponents. Some fighters and some trainers might say ‘easy for you to say, your not the one in there’, but I’m just telling you the reality of the situation. If you don’t perform, if you don’t entertain and you don’t excite then you are at the back of the que.”

Post his super featherweight world title defeat to Tevin Farmer, Tennyson did again have to make the most of his opportunities.

Despite securing a world title shot at the weight below via a sensational come from behind knockout defeat of Martin J Ward, ‘Tenny’ was back on the Facebook stream rather than the Sky broadcast.

Two eye catching knockout wins later and he was trading leather with Gavin Gwynne for the British title back on SKY. Another KO came and now ‘The Assassin’ finds himself in a world title eliminator, against Josh O’Reilly as chief support and on the verge of topping a Belfast bill.

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