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James Tennyson secures second successive slot on Sky PPV card


James Tennyson [25(21)-3(3)] will make it back-to-back PPV shows as he fights on another massive card in London on October 26.

Fresh of the back of an eye catching WBA International ranking second round stoppage win over Atif Shafiq  on the undercard of VasylLomachenko vs Luke Campbell on Saturday, the Belfast fighter has been confirmed on Matchroom’s next London pay-per-viuew show.

‘The Assassin’ will appear alongside Regis Prograis and Josh Taylor – who compete in the World Boxing Super Series final – as well as an anticipated Dereck Chisora vs Joseph Parker heavyweight clash at the O2 Arena.

The former European super featherweight champion and IBF world title challenger will take on Craig Evans [20(3)-2(1)-2] as expected.

The British Boxing Board of Control had ordered the Irish and Welsh fighters to compete in a British title eliminator – the winner to be rewarded with a shot at the Lonsdale Belt currently decorating the waist of another Welshman in Olympian Joe Cordina.

Matchroom and Mark Dunlop won the purse bids to promote the clash and the MHD boss was suggesting October as the date for the fight as recent as Saturday night.


That now appears to be the case and ‘Tenny’ and Evans will trade leather on a massive show.

However, there are rumours that suggest the clash maybe for the British title rather for the right to fight for the prestigious strap.

Having defended his title against Gavin Gwynne on the same card as Tennyson secured victory over Shafiq at the weekend, Cordina was talking about fighting former Paul Hyland Jr foe Francesco Patera for the European strap.

If he does manage to secure an EBU tilt, it would perhaps free up the British title for ‘Tenny’ and Evans to compete for.

Evans has Irish previous having twice beaten Stephen Ormond.

Indeed, the fighter, whose coach Gavin Rees also beat Cavan’s Andy Murray in a European title fight, will be the last name on ‘The Rock’s’ record as the Clondalkin puncher retired post the second Evans defeat.


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 sports for a living for over 20 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