James Tennyson didn’t even have time to admire the shot that ended up cutting the eye of Carl Frampton just 12 days before the mega Frampton v Quigg clash. Instead the young Belfast contender was instantly consumed by worry.
The former Irish super featherweight champion and soon to be British title challenger cut ‘The Jackal’ in his final spar before his Pay Per View World title unification with Scott Quigg.
Tennyson, who is next in line for Ryan Walsh’s British featherweight strap, admits he was worried the shot and the cut had put paid to the massive domestic dust up.
“I was a bit worried that the fight could have been cancelled,” Tennyson told Irish-boxing.com.
“It would have been a lot of hard work for Carl all for nothing. The guy was in training camp for a long time away from home and his family so it would have been devastating if the fight had to be called. Thankfully it wasn’t and all the work wasn’t for nothing. Now Carl is the unified World champion and it’s great to have been a help for it.”
MHD-promoted fighter Tennyson was drafted in to help Frampton as he prepared for the biggest and most lucrative fight of his career and although he was there to help his fellow Belfast puncher the 22 year old claims he took a lot from the experience.
Tennyson who has upgraded from the ‘The Baby Faced Assassin’ to just ‘The Assassin’ will challenge for the British title this coming Spring and believes sparring a World champion is a great way to get his camp started.
‘Tenny’ also suggests he benefited from being around the likes of David Haye, George Groves and Shane McGuigan and seeing how elite level operators work.
“Sparing with Carl Frampton was great, it was a great experience for me and what better way to kick-start my training camp for the biggest fight off my life to date,” he added.
“Plus being around the big names in boxing really picked me up and boosted my confidence. I gained a lot from the sparing and training whilst I was in London and got great feedback from Carl Frampton and his team.”