Tennyson tames wild ‘Badger’ to claim Celtic Title

A Bloodied James Tennyson claimed the BBBofC Celtic featherweight title and more importantly won the right to challenge for the British title in the Anderstown Leisure centre on Saturday night.

Kris Hughes came to Belfast as champion and warned local fight fans he wasn’t coming to town to ‘f**k about’, but f**k about he did and as a result he got f**ked out by Ian John-Lewis.

The former Carl Frampton foe held on to the young Belfast prospect from round two onwards, it got so bad on occasion he mirrored a young lover unwilling to break her embrace on a war bound boyfriend.

In the sixth ‘The Badger’ began to quite obviously bury his stubbly grey and black head into the right eye of the Irish champion. The experience fighter, who tested ‘Tenny’s’ temperament more than anything else on ‘The Test’ card, wanted out and referee Ian John-Lewis eventually granted him his wish.

After docking him three points the referee, who enjoyed somewhat of celeb status in the Anderstown Leisure Centre, called a halt to proceedings in the seventh giving Tennyson the most significant win of his career.

A disqualification victory will always raise some questions, but this DQ came because Hughes was afraid of the KO. The Scot, admitted afterward that he learnt early on the 21 year old was way too strong for him so in self preservation he decided to spoil. Knowing he couldn’t win he then decided to get thrown out rather than risk shipping punishment.

Tennyson sported a cut eye, broken nose and the Celtic title as he left the ring and although it was the most frustrating six and a bit rounds ‘The Baby Faced Assassin’ par took in he will look back on March 28 with fondness, as its the night that progressed his career significantly.

Not only  was Tennyson  too good for a fighter, that only really loses to higher class opponents, he is now one win away from claiming a prestigious British crown.


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