Irish title delay for Tennyson following comeback cut

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Depending on your outlook, there was either good news or bad news for James Tennyson [17(13)-2(2)] on Saturday night in Belfast.

The local lad returned to super featherweight for his comeback from a British title loss earlier in the year, and shook off any rust with a points win over the surprisingly competitive Raphael Castillo.

However, the Kronk man sustained a cut to the side of his left eye in the final of four rounds which will require a few weeks to heal. The gash now means that Tennyson’s Irish title fight with Declan Geraghty, which was set to take place at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley, Scotland, will now be postponed.

The cut can be considered a blessing in disguise though, as it means that one of the biggest Irish title fights of recent times now has a chance to actually take place in Ireland – with the February 4th MHD Promotions show at the Europa Hotel and the return of Boxnation in late February/early March looking like strong possibilities.

Tennyson himself was not overly disappointed with the delay and told Irish-Boxing.com that “I got the cut tonight so it’s going to have to be rescheduled, but it’s going to happen and it’s going to be a massive fight.”

“I think now that it has to be rescheduled there is a good possibility that it is going to be in Ireland.”

“Let’s be honest, if the fight’s in Ireland it’s going to sell the place out. Everyone’s talking about it, it’s a massive fight, so I hope to God we can get it in Ireland, it will be great. It’s a fight that excites me, it’s the talk of the place, everyone’s excited for this fight, I’m buzzing for it.”

Saturday’s fight at the Titanic Exhibition Centre was Tennyson’s first since his British featherweight title loss to Ryan Walsh in April ad he admitted that “it felt good to be back out, seven months out of the ring is a long time. I was anxious to get back in there but I got a good work out. I was in against a tough opponent so I got the rounds in at a good pace, it suited me lovely.”

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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