He admits its the toughest test of his career and the biggest fight of his boxing life to date, but James Tennyson isn’t feeling the pressure.
Indeed, the Belfast featherweight, who challenges Liam Walsh for his British title on April 30th, is in confident mood.
The former Irish super featherweight champ is adamant that this is his time, and claims he is going to take the title from Walsh’s waist at the Copperbox Arena in two weeks time.
“This is a massive fight for me and when I win the belt, it will open doors for me to bigger and better things. This is a massive fight for me and the biggest opportunity that I have had so far as a professional,” Tennyson said at a media workout in Belfast.
“Walsh is a tough guy to fight but I am totally confident I will win the fight and get my hands on the British title.”
Walsh, who has one defeat in 21 fights, was touted for a move to European or even world level after his last win and aims to win the Lonsdale Belt outright against ‘Tenny’.
The English puncher certainly represents the toughest test Tennyson has has to face yet, but it’s an examination he is certain he will pass.
“He is a good boxer, has a compact style and he picks his shots well. But I believe I am just better than him and I am going to take the title off him.I am expecting a tough fight so I have been putting in the work in the run-up to this fight.
“I know I have to be in the best shape of my life and I also have to put on the best performance of my life. But I am confident I can do that.”
The bookmakers have made Tennyson the favourite for the fight – even though he is not the champion – but the Belfast boy has a huge amount of respect for Walsh.
The 22 year old, who recently signed with Frank Warren Promotions, knows winning the British title would open doors for him, but it’s not just about what the title can do for the young prospects future career. Tennyson has always dreamed of joining the long list of Belfast British champs.
“It would mean the world to me to lift the British title. The British title is every boxers dream and ever since I turned professional I have wanted to win it and get my hands on a Lonsdale belt.