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New fight date for Irish champion James Tennyson

Irish super featherweight champion James Tennyson [18(14)-2(2)] will begin building on the reclamation of his belt next month.

After over four years, in which time he has gone from ‘The Baby-Faced Assassin’ to ‘The Assassin,’ Tennyson will return to fight in Dublin.

The Belfast banger will feature on the Leonard Gunning and Tony Davitt-promoted ‘Celtic Clash 2: The Rising’ bill at the National Stadium on May 27th.

Last month in Belfast, Tennyson claimed the Irish 130lbs title for a second time, stopping Dubliner Declan Geraghty in an epic, see-saw encounter at the Waterfront Hall. The Mark Dunlop-managed fighter downed Geraghty in the second round before the Dublin southpaw took control of the bout. Tennyson would stay calm however, and walked Geraghty into another huge shot in the sixth, flooring him again before an uppercut-heavy barrage saw ‘Pretty Boy’ stopped standing.

The 23 year old had been ranked ninth in Europe and sixth in the EU at featherweight beforehand, and it is assumed that he will enter the new rankings at super featherweight in the coming days. Tennyson and his team have also spoken of moving toward the Commonwealth belt recently vacated by upcoming world title challenger Liam Walsh.

The tenth fighter announced for the bill so far, Tennyson joins Eric Donovan, Crank Whitehouse, Sean Creagh, Stephen Carroll, Vladimir Belujsky, Lynn Harvey, and debutants Liam Gaynor, John Joyce, and Regan Buckley on the packed bill in the capital.

More boxers are still expected to be announced soon for the card, which promises to be one of the biggest, in terms of number of fighters, in Irish boxing history.

Tickets for ‘Celtic Clash 2: The Rising’ will be priced at €15 (Under 15s), €30, €40, €45, and €55 (Premium), and will be available from the boxers involved in the near future.

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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