News: James Tennyson, Jacob Robinson, Roseanna Cox

MTK Global is proud to announce the signing of unbeaten featherweight Jacob Robinson – son of former world champion Steve Robinson.
Wales’ ‘Baby Jake’ Robinson (2-0) is currently 23 years of age and is determined to follow in the illustrious footsteps of his father, who made seven defences of the WBO featherweight crown in the mid-1990s.
Robinson said: “I feel that MTK Global can give me the opportunities to reach my goals. My first ambition is to be Welsh champion and that could be just a handful of fights away.
“After that, I’m going to set my sights on gaining experience and challenging for the British title in a few years’ time. I have youth on my side and if I work hard then I believe MTK Global can take me on this journey.
“It would be great to follow my Dad’s footsteps. I’m a southpaw and I punch fast and hard with both hands. I love to counter-punch and the right hook is my favourite shot.
“My biggest boxing idols are Pernell Whitaker, Guillermo Rigondeaux and, of course, Steve Robinson!”
MTK Global International Operations Director Paul Gibson added: “We’re delighted to have secured the signing of one of Wales’ brightest prospects in Jacob.
“The family history is well-documented – Jacob’s father Steve achieved extraordinary things and we’ve already seen flashes of potential suggesting Jacob will do the same.
“As we continue to expand in the boxing hotbed of Wales and look forward to putting on more shows there, signing a fighter of Jacob’s quality is another coup for us.”


Powerful New Zealand middleweight Roseanna Cox has officially turned professional with MTK Global and outlined some lofty ambitions.

London-based Cox, who won the English Novice 81kg title in impressive style, is trained by Samm Mullins at Churchill’s Gym in Vauxhall and is determined to lift a professional title within her first year.

Looking back on an unusual journey into the paid ranks, Cox said: “I started boxing in New Zealand doing fitness classes and everyone told me I hit hard, saying I should try boxing. I remember watching Mike Tyson on TV and I hated fighting and said I’d never do it!

“One day I got talked into sparring and I got beaten up. I got out of the ring and the guy who’d convinced me said he was sorry. My nose was bleeding and I had a black eye and I said: ‘I love it. This is me!’

“I got scouted by the New Zealand team and went from there. My first three fights were international fights. I won the novices and then fought at the world championships in 2014.

“After a bit of a break, I’ve decided I want to do it seriously and England is the right place to do it. I’m going to pursue it as a career now.

“I want a belt in the next 12 months. Which belt that will be, I guess MTK Global will guide that. It’s too early for me to start calling people out but I’ll be looking to move fast.

“I know a few boxers managed by MTK Global and everyone says really good things. They’ve got a good history and I feel they can guide my career.”

Rising Welsh star Jacob Robinson – son of former world champion Steve – will make his MTK Global on the company’s first ever show in Wales on September 7.

‘Baby Jake’ (2-0) is added to a bill that already includes compatriots Liam Williams and Sean McGoldrick and is thrilled to be handed a big stage on which to showcase his undoubted talent.

Robinson said: “It’s a really big night for all of us. Hopefully this is the start of bringing big-time boxing back to Wales. If MTK Global can bring more shows to Cardiff, that’s great.

“Being on the bill with Liam and Sean is great and there are some other promising local boys like JJ Evans and Maredudd Thomas. We’re all young so the future of Welsh boxing is bright.

“In terms of my own progress, I’ve got a six-rounder for this next fight and then maybe one more before I want to fight for the Welsh title. I’m happy for that to be at super-bantamweight or at featherweight.

“My Dad has told me he believes I can go all the way and it’s about going through the levels to gain confidence and experience from each stage.

“I’ll take each fight on its merits and step up gradually. The first target is definitely the Welsh and in three or four years’ time, I want to be at the top.”

MHD PROMOTIONS in association with A McLEAN BOOKMAKERS are delighted to announce that after six years together guiding the path of Belfast Super Featherweight JAMES TENNYSON has decided to extend his managerial contract on another long term basis.

Following a successful junior amateur career which saw him win numerous Irish, Ulster & Multi Nations titles James at eighteen turned professional and made a successful debut shortly after his nineteenth birthday at Belfast’s former Holiday Inn hotel.

Tennyson become the youngest Irish professional champion at the tender age of nineteen in only his sixth contest defeating forming Champion Mickey Coveney in two rounds also earning the ring name “The Assassin”

After racking up eight straight victories seven of which by knock out the now twenty year old Belfast boxer suffered a shock second round defeat at the hands of journeyman Pavel Senkos in a learning fight at the SSE Arena in Belfast on the undercard of Carl Frampton v  Jeremy Parodi European title fight.

Defeat either makes or breaks a fighter and James showed great determination to come back a stronger fighter, he dropped down to featherweight and rebuilt his career with three victories before challenging Glasgow’s Kris Hughes for the British Boxing Board of Control’s Celtic Featherweight Title, dispatching him is seven rounds and earning him the mandatory position for the British Featherweight Title.

Four knockout victories and twelve months later seen the growing and maturing twenty one year old struggle to make the featherweight limit when he challenged a good British Champion in Ryan Walsh (still champion today) loosing in the fifth round.

The long and winding road was ahead of him and it was clear, it was time to move back up to Super Featherweight and show his true capabilities as not only fantastic boxer but one of the hardest punchers in world boxing.

Winning his Irish Super Featherweight Title back was at the forefront of his mind following a comeback win and he did just that with an impressive knock out win over Dublin’s talented Declan Geraghty in the eight round at  Belfast’s Waterfront Hall.

The WBA (World Boxing Association) International Super Featherweight Title and a number seven world ranking were up for grabs following his supporting role of Ryan Burnett’s World Title win over Lee Haskins at the SSE Arena Belfast in June 2017 and he took it with both hands following a win in the sixth round over a strong Ryan Doyle of Manchester earning a multitude of new fans in the process.

Adamant on pushing on the now for higher honours “The Assassin” once again stepped up and defended his WBA International Title on the undercard of Ryan Burnett v Zhanat Zhakiyanov world bantamweight unification fight at the SSE Arena Belfast against the exciting multiple weight Scottish Champion Darren Traynor dispatching him in spectacular fashion in round three, a victory that took Tennyson two number two in WBA Ratings earning him rave reviews.

Matchroom Boxing President Eddie Hearn & CEO Frank Smith rewarded the now twenty four year old James Tennyson with a mouthwatering shot at his very talented former outright undefeated British Champion and now European & Commonwealth Champion and world rated Martin J Ward in a unification title fight for Tennyson’s WBA strap and number two world ranking on the Tony Bellew v David Haye II card at Londons O’2 Arena on the 5th May 2018.

Dedication and determination are two asset’s that need no introduction to “The Assassin” and he climbed of the floor shoved his own mouthguard back into his own mouth and destroy an exceptional Martin J Ward in scintillating fashion in five rounds to claim his two championships.

Today we proudly introduce James “ The Assassin” Tennyson as the new WBA World Number 1 Contender in their Super Featherweight division, WBA International Super Featherweight Champion, EBU European Super Featherweight Champion & Commonwealth Super Featherweight Champion.

Details of James Tennyson’s next contest, a mandatory defence of the European Super Featherweight Title against Zamir Ziaini of France will be revealed shortly.

“James Tennyson at eighteen unselfishly gave up a glittering amateur career to support his family and chase his dream, his determination and resilience has been colossal, he never gives up and he deserves every success” Mark Dunlop – Manager

“ James is not only a true champion but a gentleman, he has been a pleasure to support over the years and at twenty four has a big future ahead of him” Paul McLean – A McLean Bookmakers

“Every young boxer should take note of James Tennyson, what he has achieved the hard way is the mark of a great champion, he is twenty four, an age when many consider going professional James has the world at his feet. Tony Dunlop – Trainer

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