Headline hunter James Tennyson ‘fed up’ with lightweight American names

James Tennyson [27(23)-3(3)] wants to become a lightweight headline act.

The Belfast fighter has for the first time in his career raised his voice as he bids to raise his profile moving into 2021.

The big punching talent seems upset people are not paying heed to his sensational knockout run since moving up to 135lbs.

The exciting fighter, with 23 stoppage wins from 27 fights, can’t understand why the likes of Ryan Garcia and Devon Haney are being talked about during a time he is taking people out.

Speaking after his world title eliminator with WBA #9 Josh O’Reilly was confirmed, the usually quiet and calm ‘Assassin’ took particular aim at Matchroom ‘super star in the making’ Haney, who disappointed against Yuriorkis Gamboa recently.

“While it is pretty amazing to be out twice this year in big fights given the current climate we are living in, I’m getting pretty fed up with hearing these American’s names being thrown about as the next big thing,” said Tennyson.

“I would take Gamboa out in a few rounds and after the O’Reilly eliminator, I want to be headlining bills!”

Tennyson has had a respectable if not massively high profile career to date. The Mark Dunlop managed Matchroom fighter has won titles over three weights, including the European super featherweight crown and has challenged for a world title.

At just 26 there is time to achieve more and the fighter warns he is just getting started.

“I’ve been grafting away with Eddie for over three years now and it has been an incredible journey, and while I’ve collected British, Commonwealth and European Titles, I feel I’m only getting warmed up,” he added.

“I want the full deck, so I am continuously prepared to go deep until I get the World Title.”

Speaking with reference to his next fight the power puncher added: “Josh O’Reilly is undefeated and a great test for me, he is ranked 8 with the WBA and is their North American Champion, I am number 10 and the WBA International Champion, so we both have a lot to gain and it is a great achievement for us both to get this far.”

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 sport for a living for 19 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