Poleglass boxer James Tennyson is looking to push himself to a higher level on Saturday night and become the super-featherweight champion of Ireland. James will enter the ring in St. Kevin’s Hall, Belfast as the youngest pugilist in 65 years to fight for the prestigious domestic crown. The 19-year-old faces former belt holder Mickey Coveney over ten-threes, in the headline attraction of an exciting seven-fight card being staged by Mark Dunlop’s Peace Promotions.
The self-styled ‘Baby Faced Assassin’ will have fans travelling from as far afield as Scotland, all hoping to witness his assent from prospect to champion. James has been enjoying some quality sparring in Dublin’s Celtic Gym with Stephen Ormond, who himself is sharpening the tools ahead of a fight with Istvan Kiss on March 3. Ormond has faced Mickey Coveney twice already and has been offering his young spar-hand some advice. Not that Tennyson is unfamiliar with the wily veteran either, as Coveney held out for six rounds when the pair met in Scotland earlier this year with the Belfast Kronk starlet prevailing by a score of 59-54.
“I have been training very hard to make sure I am as well prepared as possible; I can’t wait,” Tennyson told Irish-boxing.com. “There is a big-time time buzz picking up about the fight and tickets are going well. Hopefully I will have another good crowd with me. I didn’t think I would have an Irish title fight this soon in my career and I am delighted to be fighting for a title. I will let Mark (Dunlop) my manager decide what is next for me after April 27, but I am happy with the progress I have made so far.”
The pick of the undercard sees undefeated cruiserweight Conall Carmichael face Courtney Owen in his first eight-threes contest. The west Belfast boxer is looking to blow off the cobwebs as he prepares for the Prizefighter competition next month in the York Hall.
Another big punching cruiserweight, Warrenpoint’s Declan Trainor, is gunning for his third straight KO in as many rounds in an all-Irish encounter with one-time light-heavyweight champion, ‘The Ballyhaunis Express’, John Waldron. A decent fighter in his day, County Mayo native Waldron has lost his last nine fights (seven by knockout) and will have an almighty task trying to stop ‘The Terminator’ from pushing on to bigger bouts.
Matthew ‘Speedy’ Wilton steps up a notch when he faces the more experienced Johnny Greaves in his first six-threes contest. Wilton has been steadily going about his business on the domestic scene and dropping weight while sharpening his skill-set.
Paul ‘The Mighty’ Quinn will look to build on a bright career start when he squares off with David Kis of Hungary over four-threes. 22-year-old Quinn is trained by Johnny Eames and sets up as a neat boxer. This is his third outing having registered two points wins thus far.
Iain Butcher, a flyweight contender from Motherwell, will warm up for his British title challenge in July against Kevin Satchell when he takes on Andras Varga of Hungary.
Looking to force his way into Irish title contention is Eddie ‘Top Gun’ Nesbitt, the Emerald Promotions fighter who takes on Michael Stupart of Edinburgh over a scheduled four-threes.
Recent British title challenger Luke Wilton and fledgling welterweight Willie Mitchell have both been forced to withdraw from their respective bouts due to training injuries.