Tuesday 21 May 2019

Doheny 'prepared' for unification battle

TJ Doheny
TJ Doheny

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Laois super-bantam TJ Doheny insists he thrives on pressure and reckons Danny Roman's home-town advantage will count for little in tonight's unification showdown in Los Angeles.

Unbeaten Doheny, the IBF champion, and WBA titlist Roman go head to head over 12 rounds at The Forum in the early hours of Saturday morning in Ireland. Both men claimed their belts in Japan, in 2017 and 2018, and Roman, who has won 26 of his 29 outings, is thrilled to be fighting in his own backyard.

"I would see fight posters for The Forum and I always imagined fighting there," said the 28-year-old ahead of his fourth defence. "But look at me now, the biggest fight of my career. It's what dreams are made of. TJ is a very good fighter. It's a big challenge."

Australia-based Doheny, who beat Carl Frampton in the Elite Irish amateur ranks, is not into predictions - except for forecasting fireworks - in his 22nd paid outing. "It's not my style to make any predictions. I know Danny is going to bring it. He better believe that I'm well prepared for whatever he brings," said the 32-year-old ex Portlaoise BC southpaw.

"He wants to unify, I want to unify, it's what all the top champions should want to do. I keep saying you win the world title and it's a dream come true, but then you have got to raise the bar. Fair play to Danny for taking the unification on. It's what the fans want."

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