Portlaoise super bantamweight TJ Doheny scored a statement stoppage win this afternoon in Sydney.
Fighting for the first time since October, and back in his adopted homeland of Australia, ‘The Power’ stopped durable Indonesian Espinos Sabu in the very first round of their top-of-the bill eight-rounder at Club Punchbowl in Sydney.
The World title chasing Doheny was back in Australia for the birth of his first son and geared up for a potential IBF eliminator with a destructive win.
Previously Sabu had only been stopped following an injury and against recent world title challenger Shohei Omori, but he was no match for the Murphys Boxing fighter.
Doheny had his man down twice in the opener, with the referee calling a halt to proceedings after just over two minutes of action.
The win sees Doheny improve his unbeaten record, one of the longest in Irish boxing, to 17(13)-0, while SabI drops to 16(9)-13(3)-2.
The Irishman, currently ranked #4 with the IBF, will now set his sights on moving into pole position for the red belt held by Yukinori Oguni.