Maxi Hughes [23(5)-5(2)-2] would have no issue with taking on lightweight freight train James Tennyson [28(24)-2(3)] but only if given notice.
Boxing’s latest renaissance man is rumoured to have been offered the chance to fight the in-form and destructive Tennyson on the Derek Chisora vs Joseph Parker undercard.
‘The Assassin’ was initially due to fight former three weight world champion Ricky Burns on the same card as Katie Taylor versus Natasha Jonas but that fight has fallen through.
Matchroom boss Hearn revealed he was looking to make a ‘big fight’ for the Mark Dunlop managed knockout specialist and it was understood Hughes, who recently defeated former world title challenger Jono Carroll and Tennyson’s MHD stablemate Paul Hyland Jr for the British title, was the first option.
However, it seems the British lightweight champion isn’t interested at short notice. Hughes promoter, Lee Eaton confirmed as much when speaking on social media last night, while suggesting he’d take the fight if given advance.
@BOXERMAXIHUGHES is available on proper notice 👊🏻💥— Lee Eaton (@Leeeaton88) April 13, 2021
With just over two weeks to go until fight night, Hearn faces a tough challenge to get in an opponent of note, although if he was to push Tennyson back onto the May 15 card that task would become easier.
In terms of Hughes, whilst his current run of form would make him more than adequate replacement foe, it’s unlikely Tennyson will be looking back at a title he recently vacated, as he attempts to bring boxing back to Belfast later this year, so this May would be the English fighters only chance of sharing the ring with the KO artist.