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Eddie Hearn wants James Tennyson for European title fight with champion Ward

Eddie Hearn has a big fight in mind for James Tennyson [21(17)-2(2)].

The Belfast super featherweight impressed with back-to-back stoppages on Matchroom cards last year, bumping himself up to fourth in the world with the WBA – and is now in line for another big fight with the British promotional giant.

Tennyson kicked off his 2018 last weekend with a first-round stoppage of Arnoldo Solano at the Europa Hotel, but could find his next fight on a much more high-profile stage.

Hearn wants the MHD puncher to take on European and Commonwealth champion Martin J Ward [19(9)-0-2] on the big Tony Bellew v David Haye Sky Box Office pay-per-view undercard at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday May 5th.

The Matchroom boss, who promotes Ward, no doubt has his eye on the WBA International rankings belt and #4 position currently held by ‘The Assassin’. The world title itself is held by Alberto Machado, who is due to defend soon against Rafael Mensah of Ghana.

Of the Bellew-Haye 2 undercard, Hearn told IFL TV that “I’m looking to make Martin Ward against James Tennyson as well, which is a good fight.”

Tennyson is currently tenth in the European Boxing Union rankings at super featherweight.

Ward claimed the British title outright and won the Commonwealth title last Summer with a win against another Belfast fighter in Anto Cacace. The fighter, of Irish Traveller heritage, has since vacated the Lonsdale belt which will be next contested by Sam Bowen and Maxi Hughes.

Watch Eddie Hearn’s interview with IFL TV in full below:


Joe O'Neill

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