From Knockmay to Madison Square Garden – 2019 could be set to to be the year of TJ Doheny.
Portlaoise native Doheny rocked the nation when he recorded a stunning victory over Ryosuke Iwasa in Japan to become the IBF Junior Featherweight Champion of the world in 2018.
Now Doheny will take his world title to the US as he has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing USA.
The unbeaten IBF junior featherweight titleholder will make the first defence of his title at the world famous Madison Square Garden in New York on January 18.
His opponent at the Hulu Theater has yet to be confirmed.
More good news for Irish viewers is that the card will be broadcast on Sky Sports.
Doheny took to Twitter to share the exciting news.
Delighted to announce signing with @matchroomboxing. First defence coming on Jan 18th @hulutheatermsg live on @dazn_usa. I can honestly say I’m in the best hands in boxing right now with @mtkglobal & @eddiehearn pic.twitter.com/9Nq1GLnhDL
— TJ Doheny (@TjDoheny) January 7, 2019
Before Doheny stunned the boxing world by defeating Iwasa, Wayne McCullough is the only fighter from either Ireland or the UK has ever won a world title on Japanese soil.
Doheny’s win meant he became the 21st Irish world champion and only the second ever Irishman after Jimmy McLarnin in 1933 to attain champion status without ever having fought on his native soil.
The Laois man hopes to impress on US soil before going for a unification bout against current WBA super bantamweight champion Daniel Roman.