James Tennyson wants to draw the world’s best lightweights into a showdown by beating Jovanni Straffon in their IBO title fight on Bill Chisora vs. Parker.
The Belfast man improved his reputation in the scorching 135-pound division by knocking out Josh O’Reilly in the first round in December and will aim for the vacant IBO title on May 1. live on Sky Sports Box Office.
But Mexican Straffon, with 23 wins and just three losses, stands in the way of Tennyson’s plans to hunt down stellar names like Teofimo Lopez, Vasiliy Lomachenko, Devin Haney, Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis.
“Winning the IBO World Title will be a dream come true for me,” said Tennyson. “I’ve worked my whole life for this moment.
“This is my great opportunity to complete my collection of belts. I won British, Commonwealth, European and two WBA titles. Only one world title is missing.
“The other guys who hold belts at lightweight haven’t put their belts on the line against each other. Winning the IBO will hopefully take a carrot out of the other world champions and drag them into a great struggle for unification.
“I expect a tough fight, the Mexicans are well known for their endurance. I’m going to have to bring my A-game.”
“I’ve been working hard for many years to get a fight like this,” Straffon said. “I won’t waste it. I will step into the ring thinking about my two little girls and how I have to win this for them.
“Maybe if I win Eddie Hearn will want to work with me and my team in the future.”
In the main event, Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker collide in a massive heavyweight clash, while Irish star Katie Taylor also defends her undisputed lightweight world titles against former amateur rival Natasha Jonas..
Undefeated champion Dmitry Bivol defends his WBA lightweight title against Craig Richards, and Chris Eubank Jr makes his long-awaited comeback against Marcus Morrison.