Eddie Hearn believes TJ Doheny deserves another world title chance


Eddie Hearn believes TJ Doheny deserves another shot at Danny Roman and a world title – but his plans for the Mexican-American suggest that the Laois puncher will have to wait.

The Matchroom boss was one of many entertained by the the IBF and WBA super bantamweight unification clash between stalemaes in Inglewood on Friday and was one of many impressed with Portlaoise’s Doheny.

Hearn, who promotes both fighters, agreed with suggestions the fight was rematch worthy and noted Doheny was a world level operator – but his plans for unified Roman champ suggest a return won’t happen anytime too soon.

The promoter, who also suggested he was trying to make Jessie Vargas versus Dennis Hogan rematch target Jaime Munguia, revealed he has further unification ambitions for the 28-year-old title holder.

Singing off the same hymn sheet as Roman himself, Hearn expressed a desire for a bout with WBC champ Rey Vargas next and would like to see Roman shoot for undisputed status if he wins that bout.

Hearn outlined how “Danny Roman versus Emanuel Navarrete is a great fight, Danny Roman versus Rey Vargas is a great fight. I’d like him to go back to back unification fights.”

“I’d like him to have the Rey Vargas fight next and the Navarrete fight straight after,” he continued before revealing how impressed he was with Doheny.

“I would like to see TJ get another chance. Through nine or 10 rounds I thought he was in the fight if not ahead. Then Danny finished well and hit him with a great body shot and he was a deserved winner.”

Vargas is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions who, like Hearn’s Matchroom, have a deal with U.S. streaming service DAZN, making such a clash easy to make.

Doheny [21(15)-1(0)] is 32 years of age but has showed little sign of slowing down.

The Sydney-based Midlander expressed a desire to jump straight back into major fights afterwards and it would seem likely that the road warrior will get his wish.

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Jonny Stapleton

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