Tennyson: "I Could Mix It With
The Likes Of Garcia & Haney"
An impressive six-fight unbeaten streak at
Super-Featherweight saw the hard-hitting Belfast man earn a
number one ranking with the WBA before securing his first
World Title shot against IBF ruler Tevin Farmer at the TD
Garden in Boston in October 2018.
‘The Assassin’ (26-3, 22 KOs) made the decision to move up
to Lightweight after falling short in his World Title bid in
America and has carried his knockout power into the new
division having finished all four of his contests at the
weight inside the distance.
"I think that Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez are the
two top men at the weight," said Tennyson. "Once Lomachenko
moves down it opens up the whole division. As for the other
guys like Ryan Garcia and Devin Haney I am confident I can
mix it with any of them and win a World Title at this
Tennyson was due to battle Welshman Gavin Gwynne for the
vacant 135lbs British Title at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
in May before the event was postponed due to the COVID-19
outbreak. The recent Matchroom signing insists he has no
problem with taking the fight behind closed doors this
"With how things are I would fight behind closed doors not a
problem," said Tennyson. "I’ve seen the venue for Fight Camp
at Matchroom HQ and it looks great. When you fight on the
big shows early it’s usually empty barring your own support
so it wouldn’t make much difference.
"Like a lot of fighters, I have itchy knuckles and have
plans of becoming a World Champion - because of that I need
to get this fight, win, and then kick on. This will be my
first British Title win, I'm really looking forward to it
and it will be a great fight against Gavin Gwynne."
As well as talking about his World Title ambitions at
Lightweight and his upcoming British Title fight with
Gwynne, Tennyson discusses his early days in the sport, his
loss to Tevin Farmer in 2018, his struggle to make
Featherweight and much more.