The stage is stage at California’s iconic Forum reigning IBF Super Bantamweight world champion TJ Doheny for his upcoming unification fight this weekend.
Not one to rest on his laurels, Portlaoise man Doheny is rearing to cement his name at the top of the super bantamweight division.
To do this, he wants to unify the division by taking on the reigning WBA world champion Daniel Roman at a home venue for Roman on the Californian coast.
In January of this year, ‘The Power’ Doheny successfully defended his belt against Ryohei Takahashi in Madison Square Garden, New York.
The Knockmay man became IBF Junior Featherweight Champion of the world last August, becoming 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.
It was an accolade so great that Laois County Council bestowed on him their highest honour possible – a full civic reception.
The 32-year-old’s road to here has been nothing short of incredible. His record now reads as follows: 21 fights, 21 wins, 14 knockouts; 15 fights in Australia, four in the United States, one in Thailand, one in Japan, none at home.
After successfully defending his title, the Portlaoise southpaw immediately set his sights on a unification bout with Roman.
The American boxer is currently the WBA super bantamweight champion and Doheny wants the opportunity to unify the belts.
He said: “Daniel Roman is a great fighter. He has the WBA belt and I have the IBF so let’s make it happen.”
Roman then appeared on stage and called for the same.
Doheny then said to his promoter Eddie Hearn – “Eddie you heard it, you got the order from the fighters, let’s go.”
Doheny v Roman takes place on Saturday, April 26 at 3am and is available to view on Sky Sports.