There was a common theme throughout the well wishes sent the way of James Tennyson after he confirmed his retirement at noon on Saturday.
At the age of just 28 ‘The Assassin’ call it a day, hanging up his gloves and putting away his rifle.
As with any retirement, the news promoted boxing to reflect on the Belfast fighters decade long pro career. Many pointed to his achievements as proof he was a sensational success, noting an Irish, British, Commonwealth, and European title haul was beyond anything expected when he turned over as a teen.
Others commented on the power and hailed ‘Tenny’ for his 24 knockouts from 28.
However, everyone mentioned the excitement. A fighter who turned over unheralded turned into a big punching, successful, exciting must-watch.
Not one of the St Pauls graduates 32 fights were dull. For the most part, he either produced a knockout or was stopped. He put it all on the line every time he stepped through the ropes and constantly delivered for fans.
His get-up off-the-floor European title stoppage win over Martin J Ward was also one of the Irish fights of the last decade and possibly best summed up the Mark Dunlop managed fighters career. That level of entertainment, drama and excitement was a constant throughout ‘Tenny’s innings – and it’s something that didn’t go unnoticed by the great and good of boxing.
Brilliant career and enjoyed watching you champ! Very best of luck for the future.. 👊👍— Tony Bellew (@TonyBellew) June 12, 2022
Congrats on a great career James – enjoy life and see you soon 🙏 https://t.co/3xJxIiUOu7— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) June 11, 2022
Happy retirement to James Tennyson. The most exciting Irish fighter of the last decade 🥊💥 pic.twitter.com/2dJf5739UC— Joe O'Neill (@J0E_90) June 11, 2022
James Tennyson calls it a day. Had an excellent career, winning numerous titles all the way to European and fought for a world title. Never in a dull fight and went from the small hall to the big stage. A career to be proud of https://t.co/Rmh6Ley7Q1— David Mohan (@DavidMohan99) June 11, 2022
Congratulations on a great career mate wish you all the best in the future! 🤜🏼🤛🏼— Martin J Ward (@MartinJWard1) June 11, 2022
@JamesT931 What a career James. You were never in a dull fight that’s for sure. Thanks for the entertainment and enjoy a well earned retirement.— Barry Hearn (@BarryHearn) June 11, 2022
Thank you for the memories JT— Boxing Tickets NI (@BoxingTicketsNI) June 11, 2022
What a ride, what a career
The Assassin left his mark on the sport and will leave a lasting memory
All the very best of luck with whatever is next
ONLY ONE JAMES TENNYSON
Enjoy the new chapter James as much as we enjoyed watching you 🥊🥊 https://t.co/czNWGq8qEm— Barry Jones (@BarryJonesBox) June 12, 2022
All the best In whatever you do next James, congrats on a great career!— Michael Conlan (@mickconlan11) June 11, 2022