Next stop world title shot – TJ Doheny comes through St Patrick’s Day warm up

It’s next stop World title shot for TJ Doheny [19(14)-0] after the Portlaoise native successfully navigated high profile St Patrick’s Day warm up.

While Michael Conlan was winning under the TV spotlight at The Theater in Madison Square Garden ‘The Power’ recorded a similar result, as he co-headlined a Murphys Boxing card in Boston.

Veteran Mike Oliver provided somewhat testing stay-sharp opposition on a card that also included a big win for Irish-American Danny ‘Bhoy’ O’Connor.

Oliver hadn’t fought since 2015 and hasn’t won since he got a DQ victory over future world title challenger Eric Hunter in 2013, but with a World title fight on the horizon Doheny was adamant he couldn’t overlook the American.

However, while he didn’t take the American lightly, the fighter who lives in Australia but does his camps in America, did make light work of Oliver, registering victory via second-round stoppage.

Having defeated Pipat Chaiporn in a super bantamweight final eliminator to become mandatory challenger for IBF world champion Ryosuke Iwasa in the fight previous, Doheny’s next fight will now be a World title tilt in Japan. 

The 31-year-old, who holds a National Elite Championship semi-final win over Carl Frampton, will now attempt to repeat Wayne McCullough’s heroics by winning a World title in Japan in June or July.

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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie