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James Tennyson vs Jovanni Straffon Set for IBO Lightweight World Title

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James Tennyson will be facing Jovanni Straffon for the vacant IBO Lightweight World Title. The contest will be taking place on the undercard of Derek Chisora vs. Joseph Parker in Manchester on Saturday May 1. 

The event is being shown live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and on DAZN in all markets excluding the UK, Ireland, China, New Zealand and Samoa.

The two fighters spoke to Matchroom Boxing ahead of the matchup, discussing their dreams of fighting for Lightweight Title gold.

James Tennyson vs Jovanni Straffon

‘Winning the IBO World Title will be a dream come true for me,’ said James Tennyson. ‘I have worked my whole life for this moment. This is my big opportunity to complete my collection of belts. I’ve won British, Commonwealth, European and two WBA Titles. All that’s missing is a World Title.”
‘The other guys holding belts at Lightweight haven’t been putting their belts on the line against each other” Tennyson continued. “Winning the IBO will hopefully dangle a carrot in front of the other World Champions and entice them into a big unification fight. I’m expecting a tough fight, Mexican’s are well known for their toughness. I’ll have to bring my A game.”

‘I’ve been working hard for many years to get a fight like this,’ said Jovanni Straffon. ‘I will not waste it. I will go up in the ring thinking about my two little daughters and how I need to win this for them. Maybe if I win, Eddie Hearn will want to work with me and my team in the future.’

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