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James Tennyson stops Gavin Gwynne to win the British Lightweight title

James Tennyson celebrates his emphatic win over Gavin Gwynne for the British Lightweight title at Matchroom Fight Camp. Picture By Mark Robinson
Andy Watters

A SHOT at European lightweight champion Franceso Patera could be next for James Tennyson after he blasted out Gavin Gwynne to win the British title on Saturday night.

In a career-best performance, Tennyson's profile shot up as he stopped the game Gwynne in the sixth round live on Sky Sports after dominating a competitive and engrossing duel between two fighters who rarely took a step back.

Gwynne gave a good account of himself but lacked the power to keep Tennyson at bay. By the end of the fifth, the Welshman's face was marked dramatically and a thumping right hook from ‘the Assassin' sent him down a minute into the sixth.

He took a count and fought on but Tennyson pinned him onto the ropes and finished him off with a ruthless, two-handed barrage.

“It means everything," said Lonsdale belt winner Tennyson.

"I stuck to the plan. I was told to be patient, move around, stick to my shots.”

Tennyson-Gwynne was chief support to the London-Birmingham headline act between Ted Cheeseman and Sam Egginton which Londoner Cheeseman won narrowly on points. It capped a successful first ‘Matchroom Fight Camp' in the grounds of Eddie Hearns' Brentwood home and the Matchroom boss now predicts an exciting future for Tony Dunlop-trained Tennyson.

“Hats off to Gwynne, massive respect,” said Hearn.

“This is what we want at Fight Camp, thrilling fights. Tennyson always has the equaliser – he has dynamite in his hands, especially at 135lbs.

"He is so exciting. I want to see him move faster. 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, non-stop action."

Meanwhile, on Friday night Belfast middleweight Caoimhin Agyarko moved to 7-0 with an impressive stoppage win against Jez Smith. Agyarko looked like a man who was going places and had Smith down in the seventh round and the eighth and referee Mark Lyson stepped in early in the ninth with the Londoner taking a hammering on the ropes.

“It was a good learning fight for me, a good step-up and we got through it,” said Agyarko.

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