TJ Doheny has become the new IBF World Super Bantamweight champion after defeating Japan’s Ryosuke Iwasa.
The Portlaoise boxer beat the defending champion in a unanimous decision at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.
Pic:AP Photo/Toru Takahashi
This was Ryosuke’s second defence of the belt and he started well and was able to avoid left hooks from the Irish southpaw.
However, halfway through the 12-round bout Doheny took charge landing a series of body shots.
The judges scored the fight 115-113, 116-112 and 117-112 in favour of Doheny, who becomes only the second boxer from Ireland or the UK to win a world title in Japan after Wayne McCullough.
Doheny, who boxes out of Bondi, Australia, goes on to 20 career fights unbeaten.
The 31-year-old beat Carl Frampton in the 2006 semi-finals at the Irish Elites and stopped Connecticut’s Mike Oliver in the second round of a scheduled eight round co-feature in Boston on St Patrick’s night.