Press Release: IBF 122-pound champion TJ Doheny has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing USA and intends to make the first defense of his title at Madison Square Garden in New York on Friday January 18th-- although no opponent has yet been announced. Doheny landed the IBF strap in stunning fashion in Japan in August, ripping it from defending champion Ryosuke Iwasa in Tokyo and moving to 20-0 in the process.
“I am absolutely ecstatic to be joining the principal team in professional boxing today,” said Doheny. “I believe with Matchroom Boxing and my management team at MTK Global I have the perfect blend to help me achieve my ultimate goals in the sport of boxing.
“I am really excited to getting the ball rolling with my first defense on January 18th at Madison Square Garden. This fight will give me the momentum I need going into really big year.”
Matchroom's Eddie Hearn said, “I’m delighted to welcome TJ to the team. TJ is always in great fights and he is coming off a huge win in Japan to capture the title. He will make the first defense of his title at Madison Square Garden on Jan 18th and if he comes through will attempt to unify the division against WBA champ Danny Roman in the spring. There are some great fights to be made at 122 pounds and we expect to see all of them on DAZN.”
Doheny’s world title defense is part of a huge night of action in New York as Demetrius Andrade defends his WBO middleweight title for the first time against Russian Artur Akavov.
A third world title bout on the card sees Amanda Serrano gunning for history as she looks to land world honors in an extraordinary seventh weight class as she meets Eva Voraberger for a vacant belt.
Also on the card, former WBA/WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares continues his comeback trail on the card when he meets Pablo Cesar Cano. Linares’ reign was ended in an epic clash with pound-for-pound star Vasily Lomachenko at Madison Square Garden in May, with Linares felling the Ukrainian star in the sixth before being stopped four rounds later.
Linares returned to winning ways in September with a third round stoppage win over Abner Cotto in September in California.