It’s a date- Eddie Hearn confirms when James Tennyson will challenge for the British title

We have known the who and the where in terms of James Tennyson’s next fight for some time now and now we know the when.

Eddie Hearn has confirmed Tennyson [26(22)-3(3)] will populate the first of the Fight Camp cards meaning he will fight live on Sky Sports on July 25.

The former super featherweight European champion will fight for the vacant lightweight British title on a five fight card.

The Belfast knockout artist will trade leather with Welshman Gavin Gwynne [12(2)-1(0)] for the Lonsdale belt at the grounds of Matchroom headquarters.

The fight was mandated by the British Boxing Board Control after Tennyson defeated his Welsh compatriot Craig Evans and initially scheduled for a Cardiff show on May 9.

Lockdown delayed the fight, but Tennyson now has a new date to focus on.

The Mark Dunlop managed fighter attempted to win the British title at featherweight back in 2016, but the recent world title challenger lost to Ryan Walsh in his last fight at the weight.

Gwynne won the Welsh title in 2017 and pushed Joe Cordina hard for the British championship last August, eventually losing a competitive unanimous decision

The 29-year-old rangy puncher is managed by the Sanigars and bounced back from his sole career loss with a win over journeyman Abdon Cesar.

Tennyson will be the ‘home’ boxer on May 9th having recently signed a promotional deal with Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing.

This deal came off the back of four successive KOs for the Tony Dunlop-trained fighter since moving to lightweight.

Matchroom will confirm the full Fight Camp line up on Friday – Katie Taylor versus Amanda Serrano looks likely to be one of the fights confirmed as does Jason Quigley versus Jack Cullen.

Jonny Stapleton

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