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US-bound TJ Doheny has World title eliminator rejected by Russian

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Things are looking up for TJ Doheny [15(11)-0].

After racking up fourteen wins in Australia, including the PABA [Pan-Asian] title, the World-rated super bantamweight is on the title trail and has been signed up by Murphy’s Boxing, making his U.S. debut in March.

The 29 year old southpaw is now looking to make the step up to World level and spoke to Irish-Boxing.com about his future plans – and a frustrating missed opportunity.

The WBA #8, IBF #14, WBO 14 fighter announced that “I’m moving to Boston to train there full time.”

“I was meant to be out on the Murphy’s show [on July 30th] for another title at the end of the month, but my U.S. visa is taking longer than expected.”

‘The Power’ is confident that he can mix it at the top level, and is definitely seen as a threat, as he revealed that “we got a call to fight Nikolay Potapov in a WBO eliminator at 118 [bantamweight] in New York in August.”

“I accepted then they came back saying they didn’t want it. Weird.”

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