“Eventually we’ll have to trade” – Tennyson planning to overpower Geraghty in Irish title clash

James Tennyson [17(13)-2(2)] believes that his power will be the decisive factor on Friday night when he takes on Declan Geraghty.

The Irish super featherweight title fight features prominently on the Belfast BoxNation card, and the match-up is one of the most exciting bouts for the green belt in recent memory

Geraghty [14(4)-1(0)] is a former amateur star, but Tennyson has seen flaws in the southpaw.

The Assassin explained that “there’s plenty of respect from our end. Dec’s good overall; slick, fast, quick on the move. But we’ve prepared for that. And we’ve seen some weaknesses that we hope to exploit on the night. We’ve a solid game plan that we’ve been working on through sparring and we expect it to work the trick on Friday.

“I’ve done plenty of long spars at the Kronk Belfast gym – and quality sparring with awkward southpaws who replicate Geraghty’s style – and I’m ready for 10 tough rounds. But I’m sure Geraghty will arrive in top shape too. I doubt it’ll be decisive either way.”

“Early on we expect Dec will get on his toes and try to hit and move but 10 rounds is a long time. Eventually we’ll have to trade. Though I’ll be looking to box smart, I’m the heavier puncher and believe that’ll be the decisive factor. I’ll not leave that ring without the title.”

Noting that the fight has captured the imagination, the Lisburn banger described how “there’s been a big build up in the local media and among the fans. A lot of people are expecting it’ll be fight of the night. It certainly has the potential.”

“It’ll be brilliant to fight at the Waterfront in my home city. I’ve been there before as a spectator and the seats sort of rise up in height over the ring so no one has a bad view. Deco will bring a good crowd himself up from Dublin so I expect it’ll be about 50-50, a cracking atmosphere.”

With Liam Walsh [Commonwealth champion] fighting American wonderkid Gervonta Davis in May for the IBF title in May, Tennyson believes that the domestic 130lbs division [British champion Martin J Ward] is opening up. The 23 year old outlined that “now that Liam Walsh has got his world title fight confirmed, we can expect the British and Commonwealth belts to become vacant. An impressive win could put me right in the mix to compete for those.”

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Joe O'Neill

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