James Tennyson to fight for British title at Ulster Hall?

James Tennyson could bring Irish professional boxing back to the Ulster Hall this May.

Prize fighters have not traded leather at the famous Belfast venue since Lee Murtagh’s Irish light middleweight title win against Willie Thompson in October 2012.

The atmospheric amphitheater has been booked by Mark Dunlop for May 14th and would provide a perfect venue for James Tennyson’s challenge for the British featherweight title.

First however, Dunlop will have to win the purse bids for the fight with Ryan Walsh which will take place this week.

If he can secure home advantage it promises to be a special night for Tennyson who always brings a vocal support which would by multiplied by the acoustics of the Ulster Hall.

The Assassin has fought in the venue once before, beating Tibor Meszaros in what was his second professional bout back in 2012.

If the Belfast fight night can be secured there will also be appearances from James Tennyson, Paul Hyland Jr, and Joe Fitzpatrick, with more to be announced closer to the date.

Get a taste of what the atmosphere can be like at the Ulster Hall with this footage from Martin Lindsay’s famous British featherweight title win against Paul Appleby.

Tennyson will be hoping for something similar when he challenges for the same belt against the Frank Warren star.

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