World Champion, TJ Doheny will defend his IBF world Super-Bantamweight title on January 18 in New York it has been confirmed after he signed with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing.
The Portlaoise native has fought his entire professional career out of Australia and capped off 10-years as a pro in 2018 when he upset the odds to defeat Ryosuke Iwasa via unanimous decision in Tokyo last August.
The fight marked only the second occasion that an Irish boxer has won a world title in Japan, following Belfast boxer, Wayne McCullough’s victory in 1995 over Yasuei Yakushiji.
Doheny will now look to cement his legacy as a World Champion at the iconic Madison Square Garden in 10 days time against an unnamed opponent as of yet. What is known is that the Laois man is eyeing up a fight with WBA champion Daniel Roman as he looks to unify the division in 2019.
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
“I am really excited to getting the ball rolling with my first defence on 18 January at Madison Square Garden, said Doheny.
“This fight will give me the momentum I need going into really big year.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn welcomed the addition of Doheny to his ever-growing stable.
“I’m delighted to welcome TJ to the team,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.
“TJ is always in great fights and he is coming off a huge win in Japan to capture the title.
“He will make the first defence of his title at Madison Square Garden on 18 January and if he comes through will attempt to unify the division against WBA champ Danny Roman in the spring. There are some great fights to be made at 122lbs and we expect to see all of them on DAZN.”
Doheny joins a star-studded list of Irish boxer’s on Matchroom’s books including Katie Taylor, Ryan Burnett and Jono Carroll, however, he will fight predominantly out of the USA as part of their American roster.
You can watch his first title defence in 10-days time on Sky Sports in Ireland or DAZN in the USA.