NOT quite Chatham Tanning style, but James Tennyson is ready to step up.
The Belfast super featherweight knows he won’t waltz his way into a British title fight, but remains determined to prove he is ready to move to British title level.
‘Tenny’ who was already crowned king of the Irish super featherweights, winning the Irish title back in 2013, challenges Kris Hughes for the Celtic title in Andersonstown Leisure Centre on March 28.
It’s not only an upgrade from the small hall show and a step up in class for the 21 year old its a gate way to a British title shot.
“I knew it was only a matter of time before (the title fight) came with ranking, but it came a bit quicker than expected. In saying that I’ll be more than ready for the task that lies ahead,” Tennyson told Irish-boxing.com.
Tennyson’s career best performance was a shut out eight round win over the experienced Ian Bailey, but he see’s Hughes as a tougher test. The Scot is a respected operator, but before the fighter stopped by Carl Frampton got revenge over John Slowey to claim the Celtic title he was in danger of slipping into journey man mode – and Tennyson would be favoured going into the clash. However, the Irish champ knows Huhges comes with the added confidence winning a belt gives.
“Kris represents a step up in class for me no doubt. I’ll be taking nothing for granted and will leave no stone unturned in training. The guy is coming to win its his title on the line so I know myself it’s not going to be nothing easy,” Tennyson added.
Not only is the Celtic title on the line in Belfast next month, the winner gets a shot at the vacant British strap- and that opportunity isn’t lost on the Belfast Kronk fighter.
“If I come through the Kris Hughes fight with a win I will be next in line for the British title. That is massive and a big time boost for my confidence and in my training. I know I have to work like I haven’t worked before to be successful at this level.”