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Published: 10:05 | 28/2/19

Doheny wants unification chance


IBF World Super-Bantamweight champion TJ Doheny wants to unify all four divisions with Danny Roman's belt first on the agenda.

A winner of all 21 of his professional bouts, including 15 knockouts, Doheny will meet Roman at The Forum in Los Angeles on Friday, April 26.

The unification bout had been mooted even before Doheny's first world-title defence against Japan’s Ryohei Takahashi at Madison Square Garden in December and Roman wasted little time in challenging him to the fight when he entered the ring to congratulate the Portlaoise native.

"We had a little agreement before the fight that maybe it was going to happen. There were talks about it all week, Eddie (Hearn) had been mentioning but I just had my mind on the job," Doheny explained to The Fighter on eir sport.

"But it was good for Danny to come up into the ring and challenge me for the unification. It's what professional boxing needs, you don't need four champions in each division, all just defending and doing mandatory. The best need to fight the best."

Although Doheny and Roman squared up to each other in the ring at Madison Square Garden, the Irish boxer does not believe they need to descend into thrash talk to promote the fight.

"I don't think it's fight that needs to generate hype, it's two world champions going up against each other so you don't need all that bull**** and trash talk. I'm just not into it," he added.

Having become the world champion via Ireland, Australia, Thailand and Japan, Doheny to be involved in the big fights and believes fans have the right to see the best take on each other.

"When I won the world title I thought that was going to be my be all and end all - I'll be satisfied when I win the belt - but it was great for a couple of weeks and then when you get back from all the homecomings and celebrations there is just a massive come down because you are on such a high," he explained.

"I was sitting around thinking what's next? The ideal scenario for me was to get in a voluntary defence, a fight that I think I have earned because of the road I have taken to win the belt and then possibly a unification bout with one of the other champions. Then we got the call that there was an offer there for Roman so I was delighted.

"We'll get through Roman and I think it's only fair that the fans get to see the other champions box off as well but if they don't then I am willing to fight another champion. That's where I want to be now, I want to be involved in the big fights."

The Fighter is a new multi-part boxing series which will feature some of Ireland’s best-known fighters on eir sport 1.

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