After sharing the ring with the Portlaoise puncher over 12 entertaining rounds at The Forum in Inglewood, the winner of the high-profile IBF and WBA super bantamweight unification seemed agreeable when talk of a return was raised.
However, it’s not a fight the Mexican-American wants next.
Having added a second belt to his collection live on Sky Sports and DAZN, ‘The Baby Faced Assassin’ has set his sights on a third title.
Roman wants WBC world champion Rey Vargas – promoted by DAZN-aligned Golden Boy – next and considering his calls for the champion’s to meet it’s a stance Doheny [21(15)-1(0)] will surely respect.
“Later in the future maybe,” Roman answered when asked about a possible repeat.
“He is a good guy a good fighter and he deserves a rematch, but right now my goal is to fight the next champion, which is Rey Vargas.”
“Give me Rey Vargas, the WBC title. Rey Vargas is a guy that is strong, he knows how to use his distance so I am going to have to be on top of him the whole fight.”
“Give me Rey Vargas. I want the fight, we are two great champions. Let’s do it.”
Roman was respectful to the former IBF super bantamweight champion in the build-up to the fight and continued to speak highly of his foe post his unification win.
“TJ is a tough guy. You have to give him props. I can’t take anything away form him. He came and gave it everything, but it was just my night,” he added before admitting he felt ‘The Power’s’ power in round seven .
“TJ connected with me good and I was like ‘I can’t brawl with this guy’, so I kept on moving, I got my distance and we boxed.”
“I love challenges like these. TJ put up a great fight, but I was too much for him. I knocked him down early, late and roughed him up in the middle.”