The pair meet at The Forum in Inglewood and put their respective WBA and IBF super bantamweight titles on the line live on DAZN and Sky Sports.
Both world champions have been respectful in the build up, but both are confident of victory.
Before the fight was officially made, Portlaoise native Doheny earmarked the American as the belt holder that suits his style the best and in fight week Roman is claiming he knows just how to defeat the Sydney-based Irish fighter.
‘The Baby Faced Assassin’ admits ‘The Power’ is a smart fighter with good movement, but claims neither attributes will prove problematic for him.
“He’s a smart fighter. I saw him fight live so I know what he’s about,” Roman told Boxingscene.
“He knows how to use the ring. I have to watch out for his left hand. He knows how to move around so I might have to bring the fight to him, which is no problem for me. We have a plan in place and know how to adjust to different scenarios. We are well prepared like always.”
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Both fighters have received massive credit for electing to try and unify rather than milking their titles. The Irish side of the fight has claimed it was the right thing to do and points out the winner should be seen as the best at the weight.
However, Roman is a little more reserved and says he will leave that decision to the fans.
“I’ll leave that to the boxing public to figure out. I do know the best talents in the division are the champs and I’ve been very clear in my public requests to fight all of them.”
“I don’t want to be the one to say that I’m the best. It’s just not in my nature. That stuff sorts itself out on its own. Doheny is a great champion so I have to get through him first before any talk of best in the division can happen. This is the fight that I’ve always wanted and people know that.”
“The best fighting the best. That’s what people want to see.”
Roman, who, like southpaw Doheny, is Matchroom affiliated, returns home for the first time since he claimed his world title and is excited about the prospect of fighting in front of his home fans.
“We’ve been traveling for a long time now. First the Atlantic City title eliminator and then we followed it up with two visits to Japan. After that it was Dallas and then Chicago. Since winning the world title in 2017, all my friends and family ask is when I’m going to be back in L.A.”
“I’m going to have a bunch of fans in attendance. I’ll have a good amount of support in my corner. So yeah, I’m pretty pumped about fighting in backyard.”