UK news With a weight off his mind, Belfast lightweight James Tennyson should land title success last news
MetiNews.Com - James Tennyson has found himself burdened by weight matters all too often but now, as he embarks on a bid for more title success, the Belfast man is adamant the scales are no longer a factor in his career.
Breaking News ! "James Tennyson has found himself burdened by weight matters all too often but now, as he embarks on a bid for more title success, the Belfast man is adamant the scales are no longer a factor in his career. Tennyson entered Matchroom Boxing's Fight Camp bubble earlier this week and after weighing in yesterday in Eddie Hearn's back garden he is ready to shoot for the vacant British lightweight title at the expense of Welshman Gavin Gwynne.Entering the ring behind closed doors, the former European super-featherweight champion is confident that he will deliver an eye-catching performance and most importantly one that suggests he is much more comfortable at 9st 9lb.Only four ounces separated the fighters at the weigh-in, with the Belfast man slightly heavier at 9st 8lb 8oz.Earlier in his career, Tennyson boiled down to featherweight and paid the price in a British title fight and despite winning the European super-feather belt, his weight-making problems surfaced again when losing in a world title clash to Tevin Farmer.A move up to lightweight ensued, leading to promoter Hearn and manager Mark Dunlop handing him a golden opportunity to come out of lockdown with his career straight into top gear. Defeat Gwynne and the hard-hitting 26-year-old will be once more on the trail of European and world honours.Dubbed 'The Assassin', Hearn loves the fact Tennyson is rarely in a dull encounter and his heavy artillery suggests he is the favourite going into this evening's Sky-televised clash."My record shows that I'm one of the hardest-hitting lightweights in the division at the minute. I prepare for 12 hard rounds, but of course I'll always be looking for that moment where you can just end the fight," said Tennyson."I don't get carried away with the hype about my punch power. When you're fighting a guy like Gavin Gwynne you need to be smart about your work, stick to your game plan. If you get carried away it could easily go the opposite way, so I'm very focused on what I have to do. "I've had a real tough camp… there's no doubt in my mind I'm in the shape of my life."At super-featherweight it got to the point where I would have a great training camp, feel great in sparring but then that last week of cutting weight just took everything away from me - it took the pop out of my punches."Now that I've moved up to lightweight I don't have that grind of worrying about making weight any more.
."We're both two come-forward fighters and I believe that our styles are going to gel. It's going to be a good war and I feel like this is a must-win fight for me."Equally, this opportunity is just what Gwynne needs at this stage of his career, having lost once in a British and Commonwealth title fight with Joe Cordina last August.Gwynne (30) will be desperate to enjoy the win of his career and while they differ on the outcome, both men seem to agree on the nature of the encounter.Gwynne said: "This has got a war written all over it. I don't like to take a backwards step and I know Tennyson just comes forward. He's a massive puncher and I've got to use my boxing ability."With Joe Cordina it was a totally different fight, I had to go forwards. He's a lot quicker but Tennyson just holds his feet and just likes to bang away."I think I'm going to stop him late on but I know James is going to be on the front foot and he's going to be trudging forward trying to take my head clean off."• BELFAST middleweight prospect Caoimhin Agyarko maintained his unbeaten record with a ninth round stoppage of Jez Smith in the BT Studios last night.Agyarko, based in London, dropped Smith in the seventh round with a left hook to the body on the back of sharp right uppercut.The 23-year-old repeated the dose in the eighth round with another left hook. Smith survived but the referee called a halt when the Middlesex man hit the canvas again from a right hand."
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