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James Tennyson is not ready for me says Ryan Walsh

James Tennyson is not ready to face Ryan Walsh.

At least that’s the opinion of the current British featherweight champ.

The Belfast banger is mandatory challenger for Walsh’s Lonsdale belt and purse bids are due this week for the clash. The Ulster Hall has been eyed as as potential venue for the showdown, with Tennyson’s promoter Mark Dunlop setting aside the atmospheric Belfast venue for May 14th.

However, the well-supported champion from Norfolk feels that Tennyson has not adequately prepared for the mooted clash.

Speaking to World Boxing News, Walsh [20(9)-1(0)-1] explained that “As far as I know the Tennyson fight is next, but I still haven’t had anything concrete yet.”

The 29 year old admitted that the hard-hitting Celtic champ “looks like a decent boxer,” but he argued that “his last fight only lasted a minute or so.”

“That’s no way to prepare for facing me or for a British title clash – but hey that’s his choice.”

Indeed some might feel that Walsh is somewhat overlooking the challenge of the Assassin, and is already anticipating a clash with the winner of the Commonwealth title fight between Belfast’s Marco McCullough and Isaac Lowe.

Walsh revealed that “I’m looking forward to the Lowe versus McCullough fight.”

“Lowe has been quite vocal about wanting to fight me, so I have noticed him and I’ll be watching that fight, one as a fan and one as a potential future opponent.”

“Ideally, I will have the Tennyson fight next and then face either Lowe or McCullough with the British and Commonwealth on the line – that would be perfect.”

Read Matt Horan’s full interview with Walsh HERE.

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