James Tennyson no lightweight at 135lbs

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Dish it out master James Tennyson proved he can also take it during a big win in Liverpool on Saturday night.

The Belfast fighter bust up Craig Evans before eventually stopping him two minutes into the 11th round of their British title eliminator.

‘Tenny’ had to ship some punishment of his own throughout a tough and entertaining fight, but never looked like relenting.

Granted Welsh fighter Evan’s isn’t the biggest puncher, but neither was Tevin Farmer, who stopped the MHD fighter in a super featherweight world title fight.

Tennyson claims being tight at the weight had an affect during all his previous stoppage defeats- and suggests it’s something he doesn’t have to worry about now he is at more comfortable weight.

“I was really tight for the weight for the Tevin Farmer fight and the guy is a real slick operator. When you cut for weight your going to be in for a tough fight. Since I moved in weight I have been comfortable and back on the road,” Tennyson told IFLTV.

Tennyson was speaking after a hard fought 11 rounds. He dropped Evans as early as the first, but the Welsh man responded admirably and despite taking some heavy shots made it to within four minutes of the final bell, picking up rounds along the way.

“Craig Evans is one tough cookie,” Tennyson said before commending the referee for the stoppage.

“I landed a few heavy shots and he didn’t really return anything from the last couple. To be honest I think it was a fair stoppage. I’ll have to watch it back, but I think it was a fair stoppage and you can’t take anything away from Craig Evans he is a tough man.”

Former European super featherweight champion Tennyson is now mandatory for the British lightweight title.

The strap is currently held by Joe Cordina, a name Team Tennyson have been keen to fight.

However, the Welsh fighter appears at super featherweight next time out and may not return to lightweight.

“If he performs ok and he is making weight ok then I am sure he will stray at super featherweight, but listen it doesn’t really matter to me.”


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