TJ Doheny got a taste of all things American boxing when he traded leather on a Murphy’s Boxing card in Boston last weekend and is ready to go for an all-you-can-eat US special.
The Portlaoise BC graduate is now convinced that Stateside is the right side of the boxing tracks and the place to be if he wants to become a name in an exciting super bantamweight World mix.
Dohney, who pushed his record to 14-0 (11 KOs) with a TKO victory over Gerardo Marin Hernandez in his sixth PABA title defence on a card that included Stephen Ormond, Niall Kennedy, Micheal McLaughlin and Steve Collins Jr, has already made rapid progress in Australia having collected Continental honours and a World ranking as early as fight number five.
‘The Power’ is now keen to kick on further and can’t wait for a return to America to ensure he can register the wins that enable him to be mentioned alongside names like Nonito Donaire, Scott Quigg, Gullerimo Rigondeaux and even former amateur foe Carl Frampton if ‘The Jackal’ elects against a move to featherweight.
“I am not too sure what is next, but I hope to be back in the ring very soon. My visa (for America) should be approved any week now and I can’t wait to get back over to the States to get some top sparring and just keep on learning and improving my game,” Doheny told Irish-boxing.com.
“Everything is next level over there and it’s where I need to be if I want to try put myself in the world title mix.”
Saturday represented the 29 year old’s first fight outside of Oz and if the fight wasn’t the most enjoyable the experience in and around Boston was.
“It was a great experience. I really enjoyed fighting in front of the American crowd. They really get into it. It was a pretty scrappy fight all Hernandez wanted to do was tie up and hold and even dragged me to the ground twice in fear of getting hit. I didn’t really get a chance to show my skills and what I’m really about as an opponent. His style made for a very negative fight but a win is a win and i’ll move on to the next one,” he added before discussing the stoppage.
“The TKO came from a cut that was worsening. I caught him with a beautiful counter left in the second which split him just above the eye.”