James Tennyson added the British lightweight title to his growing belt collection with an emphatic stoppage.
The Belfast man, who has held Commonwealth and European belts at super-featherweight as well as the WBA International title at 135 pounds, was taking on Wales’ Gavin Gwynne in an all-Celtic clash for the vacant Lonsdale belt on Saturday night.
The fight took place at Matchroom Boxing’s Brentwood headquarters, as the chief supporting contest to Ted Cheeseman’s dethroning of Sam Eggington as the pair battled for the IBF International super-welterweight crown in the first instalment of Fight Camp, and it was the power of ‘The Assassin’ which told as he secured a sensational sixth-round finish.
The Welshman was forced to take a knee after Tennyson landed with a right hook and it wasn’t long before a barrage of punches forced referee Phil Edwards to step in to end the contest after two minutes and 30 seconds of the round.
“It means everything to me to win the British title,” said Tennyson, who moves on to 27-3 (23 KOs) with the win and is on a five-fight quick-finish streak, afterwards. “I was told to be patient, move around, stick to my shots and I picked my shots perfectly and got the win.”
A step up in level is being eyed for Tennyson by his promoter Eddie Hearn after the dominant display against Gwynne.
Jorge Linares, the former lightweight world champion, and the current European king Francesco Patera –– who will be known to UK fans for his win over Newcastle’s Lewis Ritson in October 2018 –– have both been mentioned as potential future foes for Mark Dunlop-managed Tennyson.
“He is so exciting. I want to see him move faster,” said Hearn. “He’s done at British level. A great fight would be Patera for the European title. I love the Jorge Linares fight. What an entertainer, what a fighter, he’s always non-stop action.”