Final British title eliminator ordered for James Tennyson

Jame Tennyson [13(10)-1(1)] fights on the ‘Champions at the Europa’ dinner show in Belfast tomorrow night, and now knows that a British featherweight title final eliminator lies on the horizon. In their circular, the British Boxing Board of Control have order that the Celtic Champion must take on Aberdeen’s Darren Traynor by the end of February next year.

The winner of this bout would then be in line for a shot at Ryan Walsh [19(8)-1(0)-1] who won the vacant belt last month with a tight split-decision victory over Samir Mouneimne.

28 year old Traynor [10(5)-0] shares two common opponents with ‘The Assassin.’ Last year the Scot took five rounds to dispose of Poland’s Krzysztof Rogowski, who Tennyson stopped in three this Summer. The ‘Trayn-Wreck’ was also knocked down in the opening round against Ignac Kassai in 2012 before recovering to win a points decision. Tennyson, on the other hand, has fought Kassai twice, stopping him in the first round in Dublin, and the fourth round in Budapest.

First on the agenda however for Tennyson, who is still just 22, is the challenge of Georgian gatekeeper George Gachechiladze [18(11)-20(11)-1] on the Mark Dunlop-promoted show in the Europa Hotel tomorrow night.

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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie