James Tennyson produced a pulsating performance at the matchroom Fight Camp in Essex on Saturday night to stop Gavin Gwynne in the sixth round and claim the British lightweight title.

The 26-year-old Belfast man was supposed to take on Gwynne in Cardiff back in May, a bout that was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He finally got his chance tonight and duly delivered - making it two victories on the bounce against Welsh opponents after his 11th-round stoppage of Craig Evans last November.

Tennyson lost his maiden world title shot at super-featherweight against IBF champion Tevin Farmer in October 2018. He's moved up to the 135lbs division since then and said in the build-up to this fight that he felt much more comfortable at lightweight.

An open, bruising contest was settled in the sixth after Tennyson caught his opponent with a big right-hander.

Gwynne took a knee, survived the count, but returned to an onslaught from Tennyson which was finally ended when the referee stepped in.

"It means everything," Tennyson told Sky Sports. "I stuck to the plan and was patient."