Irish boxer TJ Doheny is IBF World Super Bantamweight champion

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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.

Irish boxer TJ Doheny is IBF World Super Bantamweight champion

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.

Digital Desk

Sourse: breakingnews.ie

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