Tennyson: "I Want The Opportunities
With The Big Names"
James Tennyson says he is ready to step up to the next level
and mix it with the best 135lbs fighters on the planet, and
the heavy-handed Belfast banger intends on proving it when
he takes on unbeaten Canadian Josh O'Reilly at The SSE
Arena, Wembley this Friday, live on Sky Sports and DAZN.
'The Assassin' (27-3, 23 KOs) continued his destructive form
last time out at Matchroom Fight Camp in August when he
claimed the vacant British Lightweight Title with a ruthless
sixth round stoppage win over brave but battered Welshman
A second World Title shot is within touching distance for
Tennyson if he defeats O'Reilly in their WBA Lightweight
World Title Eliminator, but Tennyson isn't writing off his
opponent, acknowledging that he has a strong track record
and plenty to fight for.
ďThis is a big step forward, a World Title Eliminator," said
Tennyson. "It can open some doors and opportunities for me.
I know I can mix it with those guys. I want the
opportunities with the big names.
ďI havenít watched too much of O'Reilly. Tony (Dunlop) is
happy with how training is going. Weíre very confident of
getting the win on Friday. Heís ranked above me. Itís a must
win. Itís just about winning, whether or not it looks good.
ďHeís 16 and 0, and holds two Titles, the IBA
Intercontinental Lightweight Title and NABA Lightweight
Title. Heís very confident and clearly heís here to win.
Itís his big opportunity, itís not one I can take lightly
with the rewards at the end of it.
ďIím very highly motivated. I havenít stopped thinking about
a World Title. Fighting at that level is where I want to be.
Iím working very hard to get myself into that position
again. Itís a stage of boxing Iíve wanted to get back at. I
want to bring big fights back to Belfast. Itís a dream. Itís
one Iím getting closer to.Ē
Tennyson vs. O'Reilly is part of a big night of action in
London, Billy Joe Saunders (29-0, 14 KOs) defends his WBO
Super-Middleweight World Title against Martin Murray
(39-5-1, 17 KOs), Watford Super-Bantamweight Shannon
Courtenay (5-1, 2 KOs) looks to return to winning ways
against Poland's Dorota Nurek (6-1, 1 KO), Derby's Zach
Parker (19-0, 13 KOs) takes on Spain's Cesar Nunez (17-2-1,
9 KOs) for the WBO International Super-Middleweight Title,
New Malden Super-Middleweight talent Lerrone Richards (13-0,
3 KOs) makes his Matchroom debut against Finland's Timo
Laine (28-14, 12 KOs), Southampton's Lewis Edmondson (3-0)
clashes with Manchester's John Telford (11-2-1, 2 KOs) over
six rounds at Super-Middleweight and exciting Sheffield
Featherweight Donte Dixon (4-0, 3 KOs) meets Welshman Angelo
Dragone (5-1) over six rounds.