THE super bantamweight division is en vogue at the moment.
There are not meant to be too many big fights or sizable pay days for the little men, but there is nothing small in terms of stature or purse about potential clashes between the divisions top five or six at the minute.
Likes of Carl Frampton, Gullerimo Rigondeaux, Leo Santa Cruz, Kiko Martinez, Scott Quigg and the return of Nonito Donnaire have made the division, fashionable, mouthwatering and potentially lucrative.
Irish boxing rejoices in having the biggest draw and arguably the best fighter in the highly attractive division in Carl Frampton, but there is another home puncher looking to get into the mix in 2015.
Australian based Portlaoise native Tj Doheny already is just 10 fights into his pro career, but having collected the PABA super bantamweight title in 2013 he has been world ranked since his sixth fight. Since that win over James Mokoginta ‘The Power’ has been trying to bank experience worthy of a World title contender.
The 28 year old turned down a late notice fight to challenge Quigg last year, but claims he is now a few wins away from adding his name to the list of super bantamweight big guns.
Doheny starts by taking a step up in class in Club Punchbowl, New South Wales, in the early hours of Friday morning, The former Senior finalist puts his Continental strap on the line against Marco Demecillo a fighter who boasts 15 knock outs from 20 wins.
Speaking to Irish-boxing.com about his upcoming bout and his 2015 aspirations Doheny said,
“I fight Marco Demecillo from the Philippines to be honest I don’t know too much about him only he’s a bit of a banger and likes to come forward. But I am looking forward to the fight and I am confident I can get another win.
“My manager has a plan laid out for me and I am on a path to the World title provided I keep performing and getting the wins. We will be looking to get in the mix on the UK scene in the near future because that is where all the action is in the super bantamweight division at the moment. The super bantamweight division is stacked at world level right now and I look forward to getting in the mix at some stage, again once I keep performing and overcoming these tests that are in front of me.
“This fight would be my hardest test to date, but these are the kind of fights I want to be involved in at this state. These type of fights will help me progress and move myself into the next level.
“I am not giving predictions, as I haven’t seen much footage of him but once I box to the best of my ability there is nothing to say that I won’t be coming out with the win. “