Danny Roman vs. TJ Doheny World Title Unification Bout Set
For April 26 At The Forum
WBA and IBF Super-Bantamweight World Champions Daniel Roman
and TJ Doheny clash in a unification battle on a blockbuster
night of action at The Forum, Los Angeles on Friday April
26, live on DAZN in the US and Sky Sports in the UK.
Roman (26-2-1 10KOs) and Doheny (21-0 15KOs) clash in a
unification bout that is certain to entertain. Roman was one
of the standout fighters of 2018, winning a wide points
decision in the first defense of his WBA crown in Japan over
Ryo Matsumoto in February and followed that with another
authoritative points triumph over Moises Flores in Frisco,
Dallas in June.
The LA man then punctuated his year's work by stopping Brit
challenger Gavin McDonnell in the tenth round of their clash
on the first American boxing bill live on DAZN in October,
and now looks to make a flying start to 2019 against IBF
Doheny's path has echoes of his opponents as like Roman, the
Australian-based Irishman travelled to Japan to land his
first World title when he took the strap from Ryosuke Iwasa
in Tokyo in August.
The unbeaten 32 year old signed a promotional deal with
Matchroom Boxing USA in January and swiftly made his first
defense in New York against Ryohei Takahashi, stopping the
Japanese in the 11th round at the Hulu Theater at Madison
Square Garden, with Roman watching in the crowd.
"This is the biggest and most important fight of my career,"
Roman said. "I haven't been shy about wanting to unifying
the division. This is the fight that I've been asking for
since I became a World Champion. I need to deliver on my
goal of becoming the best and a win against another World
Champion puts me in that conversation.
"It will be a new experience for me because I'm not fighting
a challenger, I'm fighting another belt holder. It's
exciting in a lot of ways. I'll be at my best because I'm
planning to add another title on April 26.
"It feels pretty damn good to fight in front of my hometown
fans. My last five fights have been away from home, but I
don't feel any added pressure in this homecoming of sorts. I
know I have a job to do. Nothing is easy at this point. It's
going to be a heck of a fight. Two World Champions fighting
for control of the division. What more could you want?"
"Danny is one of those rare boxers that is motivated and
committed to fighting the very best," said Ken Thompson,
President, Thompson Boxing Promotions. "He understands the
risks that he is taking, but that's what drives him. Against
Doheny, he gets to show the world what he's made of. It will
be a tough fight, but one that Danny is more than capable of
winning. We expect him to fight his fight and come out with
another win and another World title."
"This was my ideal scenario," said Doheny. "Get the
voluntary defence out of the way, then go straight into the
unification, so great work from my team, and Eddie Hearn
with Matchroom Boxing USA for getting this fight on. It's
unbelievable, it would mean the World to me. It's just
another boxed ticked, after I won the World title, the next
goal was to become a unified Champion. I'm looking forward
to achieving that.
"We met in the ring after the fight in New York, and there
was a lot of respect for each other. That's the way it
should be. We're two World class fighters, two World
Champions in the division. A fight like this doesn't need
any false hype, I think that when you've got two World class
fighters like this that's enough of a selling point for a
high-calibre fight like this.
"Danny's a great fighter, he adds a lot of pressure, he's a
great puncher, great punch selection, he's got it all
really. It's going to be a great fight between us, and I
won't be surprised if the fans get to see a bit of a war.
Fighting Danny in his home city, that doesn't bother me.
I've been fighting on the road my whole career, so it will
be no different to me. It's me and him in the ring, and it's
going to be all action."