Welshman Gavin Gwynne is expecting a war to break out when he faces Belfast banger James Tennyson for the vacant British lightweight crown on the first week of Matchroom’s Fight Camp in Brentwood, Essex, on August 1.

The tough yet canny Gwynne (12-1, 2 KOs) earned credit in defeat when he lost a previous bid for the British and Commonwealth 135lbs titles to talented countrymen Joe Cordina on the cards last August. 

While he is full of respect for Tennyson (26-3, 22 KOs) and his vaunted power, Gwynne feels this will be his night and the title will be returning to South Wales.

“This has got a war written all over,” said Gwynne. “I don’t like to take a backwards step and I know Tennyson just comes forward. He’s a massive puncher and I’ve got to use my boxing ability. With Joe, it was a totally different fight. I had to go forwards, he’s a lot quicker but Tennyson just holds his feet and just likes to bang away.

“The guys I fight are usually a lot shorter and aren’t as strong as me so I’m the one pushing forward. I think I’m going to stop him late on but I know James is going to be on the front foot and he’s going to be trudging forward trying to take my head clean off. I’m going to show him my boxing ability and show what I can do on my feet. I’ll show him a bit of my power, too. 

“He’s a really good fighter obviously. He fought for a world title a couple of years ago. You don’t get to that level without being a great fighter. I just think I’ve got the beating of him, I really do. There’s just something inside me telling me that. Nobody is going to beat me on August 1.”
 

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