Tennyson: "I'm One Of The Hardest-
Hitting Lightweights In The Division"
James Tennyson believes he has found his perfect weight
after moving up to the 135lbs division where he has finished
all four of his contests inside the distance in brutal
fashion, earning him a shot at the vacant British
Lightweight Title against Gavin Gwynne on Saturday August 1,
live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.
The big-hitting Belfast powerhouse (26-3, 22 KOs) was
originally scheduled to face Gwynne at the Motorpoint Arena
Cardiff in May before COVID-19 put the sporting world on
hold, but now gets the opportunity to make it two KOs in a
row over Welsh opponents following his 11th round stoppage
win over Craig Evans.
An impressive six-fight unbeaten streak at
Super-Featherweight saw 'The Assassin' secure his first
World Title shot against IBF ruler Tevin Farmer in Boston in
October 2018. Tennyson says he suffered badly in attempting
to shed weight before the fight and insists he feels much
more comfortable at Lightweight as he looks to mount a fresh
World Title charge at Matchroom Fight Camp.
"My last few fights at Super-Featherweight were starting to
really push me on the weight as the fights went on,"
admitted Tennyson. "Once the fight with Tevin Farmer came
about it was one fight too many with doing the weight. Iím a
natural Lightweight now, itís not a push or a struggle to do
the weight. Iím feeling strong, fit and healthy at the
weight. Things have gone from strength-to-strength for me
with four straight knockout wins so the move up in weight
has done me good.
ďNot cutting that extra few pounds is really helping my
performances, Iím a lot stronger at the weight which makes a
big difference. My record shows that Iím one of the
hardest-hitting Lightweights in the division at the minute.
I prepare for 12 hard rounds, but of course Iíll always be
looking for that moment where you can just end the fight. My
experience and my power will be a big factor in the fight.
It always presents itself at some stage, itís just when that
opportunity arises, whether itís round one or round twelve,
Iíll pounce on it.
"This is a massive fight for my career. Gavin is a real
tough lad. Weíre both two come forward fighters and I
believe that our styles are going to gel. Itís going to be a
good war and I feel like this is a must-win fight for me.
Iíll be ready come fight night. You canít look past Gavin
because heís a big tough guy but down the line I want
another World Title shot. Get this one out of the way and
Iíll start chasing down that World Title."
Tennyson vs. Gwynne lands on Week 1 of Matchroom Fight Camp,
top of the bill sees Sam Eggington (28-6, 17 KOs) put his
IBF International Super-Welterweight title on the line
against Ted Cheeseman (15-2-1, 9 KOs), Chatteris talent
Jordan Gill (24-1, 7 KOs) meets Watfordís Reece Bellotti
(14-3, 12 KOs) in an electric Featherweight battle,
fast-rising Ipswich Heavyweight Fabio Wardley (8-0, 7 KOs)
steps up to take on Middlesbroughís Simon Vallily (17-2-1, 7
KOs) for the vacant English belt and gifted Sheffield
Super-Lightweight Dalton Smith (5-0, 4 KOs) squares off with
Liverpoolís Nathan Bennett (9-1, 2 KOs).