James Tennyson made easy work of Josh O’Reilly, knocking him out in the first round of their WBA lightweight title eliminator on Friday night on Saunders Vs Murray undercard at the SSE Arena in Wembley London.
Tennyson failed to win a world title in his Super featherweight title fight against the ten champion Tevin Farmer but has since been unstoppable since moving up to the lightweight division. He has since knocked out six opponents at lightweight and with this win could be facing Gervonta Davis or Teofimo Lopez in his next outing.
“I was expecting a tough night with Josh moving around,” Tennyson, 27, said. “But I just clipped him with a left hook and it seemed to hurt him, so I went in and put it on him. It paid off.
“I can box as well, but when you put it on someone and catch them, you may as well follow it up. In an eliminator you take your chances.
“From moving up, that is six straight knockouts at lightweight. Doing the weight is absolutely amazing, I’m comfortable and feeling a heck of a lot stronger and sharper. The move up has benefited me massively.
“After tonight’s win, I’m knocking on the door [or a world title shot]. I am very close to being ready to go.”
The Irish fighter was straight and precise, went straight into the fight throwing bombs and the Previously unbeaten O’Reilly couldn’t handle the pressure, tumbling to the Canvas in less than a minute. O’Reilly was able to beat the count and given another opportunity to fight.
O’Reilly still looked hurt by the first knockdown but was cleared to continue but a big right hand, that sent O’Reilly stumbling across the ring before a left hook sent him back to the canvas.
O’Reilly was allowed to continue but the referee stepped in to stop the fight at exactly 2:15 of the first round.
James Tennyson will have to face a fighter with much more punch resistance than O’Reilly and more so a fighter with a higher level before turning his focus towards the likes of Teofimo Lopez and Gervonta Davis.
“He needs another fight at a higher level than Josh O’Reilly before he starts talking about Teofimo Lopez and Gervonta Davis,” Eddie Hearn said. “But there is plenty of fights we love. Roly Romero is No 1 at lightweight, I believe [Tennyson] will go in at No 2 in the next rankings. I love Jorge Linares. Jorge Linares at the Odyssey [in Belfast] when the crowds come back next year.”