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Belfast 'Entertainer' Tennyson Stops Welshman To Claim British Lightweight Title

Belfast 'Entertainer' Tennyson Stops Welshman To Claim British Lightweight Title

James Tennyson won the British lightweight title at the Matchroom Fight Camp in Brentwood on Saturday night.

The Belfast man stopped Gavin Gwynne in the six round to claim the title. It was the 26-year-old's 23rd win via KO and his 27th victory in all. He is now 27-3 in his career.

It was Tennyson's power which eventually wore Welshman Gwynne down. Though, it did take patience.

"I was just sticking with what Tony [Dunlop] hold me," Tennyson told Sky Sports.

"He was telling me to be patient, move around, pick my shots, don't just try to completely put it on him. If you run about trying to use your power, it could backfire on you."

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Tennyson's promoter Eddie Hearn now has plans for his fighter beyond British title level.

"It was a thrilling fight," said Hearn.

"James Tennyson is always in great fights. He's got the equaliser. At times in that fight, Gwynne looked like he might be finding his way but while James is in there, he has dynamite in his hands, especially at 135lbs. You see him being tougher now, especially when he is getting hit to the body, he keeps coming forward.

"Domestically, I want to see him move on much fast now. As far as I'm concerned now, at the British title level, he's done.

"A great fight for him is against [Francesco] Patera for the European title, maybe even the WBA. I love the Jorge Linares fight. These are the fights for James Tennyson where you are going to see him just light up the place. What an entertainer, what a fighter, just non-stop action."

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