TJ Doheny [19(14)-0] has touched down in Tokyo in confident mood ahead of his massive world title fight.
After securing mandatory status with victory in Thailand last December, the Portlaoise fighter earned a shot at IBF bantamweight world champion Ryosuke Iwasa [25(16)-2(2)] of Japan.
After what is reported to be a strong camp the undefeated 31-year-old arrived in Japan today [Thursday], seven days before the life changing opportunity.
The fighter, who will attempt to become only the second fighter from the UK or Ireland to win a world title on Japanese soil after Wayne McCullough who dethroned WBC bantamweight champ Yasuei Yakushiji in 1995, was greeted by local press upon his arrival and is in extremely confident mood ahead of the battle of the southpaws.
Speaking on social media ‘The Power’ assured fans he belongs at elite world level and predicted a history making win next Thursday.
Touched down in Tokyo a couple of hours ago. I just have this air of confidence about me right now. I’m so relaxed and taking it all in my stride. I truly believe this is where I belong. I’ll be world champion one week from today 💚
— TJ Doheny (@TjDoheny) August 9, 2018
“Shit’s gettin’ real now, boys.” Portlaoise boxer @TjDoheny swarmed by Japanese press as he touches down in Tokyo for his world title fight with Ryosuke Iwasa this day next week. pic.twitter.com/6SCxgrnS4t
— Gavan Casey (@GavanCasey) August 9, 2018
While he will look to emulate ‘The Pocket Rocket’s’ brilliant achievement, Doheny will also be aiming to become the latest Irish fighter to win a world title without ever having fought in Ireland after the legendary two-time welterweight champ Jimmy McLarnin.
The Laois fighter will hope to become Ireland’s third reigning world champion alongside WBA bantamweight king Ryan Burnett and unified WBA-IBF lightweight ruler Katie Taylor as well as the 21st world champion in the island’s history.