Published: 16:21 | 1/7/21

Michael Conlan to fight TJ Doheny

Michael Conlan will be looking to take a step closer to a world title fight when he takes on Portlaoise native and ex-world champion TJ Doheny at Féile an Phobail in Falls Park, Belfast on August 6th.

One of the biggest all-Irish boxing matches in many years, Conlan will be hoping to extend his 15-fight unbeaten run since turning professional as he puts his super-bantamweight WBO inter-continental title on the line.

Former world champion Doheny, who won the title with victory over Ryosuke Iwasa in Japan in August 2018 before losing a split-decision to Daniel Roman a year later, will prove a tough opponent for Conlan.

“I’m excited to be back fighting in my city,” the Belfast boxer said. 

“It was special in 2019, but I believe this year it will be even better as we haven’t had live events due to the pandemic. On August 6th, we will show Belfast is back.

"It will be an honour to share the ring with TJ. I have a lot of respect for him and his achievements. 

"I believe it’s my toughest fight to date, and with that, I will make my biggest statement in my quest to become a world champion."

Doheny, who has been based in Australia in recent years, added: “This will be my first time fighting on Irish soil, and I can’t think of a better homecoming. 

"It doesn’t get much bigger than this for an all-Irish clash and the fans are in for a real treat. 

This is the kind of fight that I have been craving since my close majority-decision loss to Daniel Roman. Top opposition is what motivates me and helps me raise my game. I cannot wait for this.”

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