Los Angeles, CA — Hometown WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Danny Roman faced off against Irishman IBF Champion TJ “The Power” Doheny in the co-main event to unify the titles, in what turned out to be a Fight of the Year Candidate.
“The Babyface Assassin” Roman (27-2-1) earned the hard fought victory over Doheny (21-1) by keeping up the volume throughout the fight, knocking down “The Power” in Round 2 with left hook to the side of the head. In Round 11 resulted a busting shot to the liver after banking body shots throughout the fight, knowing it would be the key to beat Doheny in the end.
In Round 7, Roman was in the most trouble after Doheny cracked him with heavy shots, which put the Inglewood native in huge trouble. The crowd favorite looked to trade fire with fire, while looking like he was about to go down. Roman survived the round, got his legs back in Round 8. The momentum of the fight then turned around as Doheny slowed down the output while spitting blood from his mouth and spewing blood from his nose.
After 12 rounds of a war, the scores read 113-113 and 116-110 x2 in favor of Roman by Majority Decision. My prediction on The Fight Show Podcast was Roman by Majority or Split Decision, and although I called it correctly, I had Roman winning the fight convincingly, especially when you add the two knockdowns.
The best part of all this is that both men are complete gentlemen and class acts. Doheny had just fought to his first professional loss, and handled it with such grace. Other fighters should take a page from his book. He gave everyone in Los Angeles a war, a Fight of the Year candidate, and called Roman “a gentlemen,” and “losing to a man like that matters a lot.” “The Power’s” stock had shot up even in defeat.
As for what’s next for both men, a rematch seems unlikely. TJ Doheny showed he has massive heart and massive balls. He deserves some time to recover and recharge with his family for a bit, but when he comes back, I’d like to see a fight with TJ and “Crazy A” Azat Hovhannisyan (16-3) at 122 pounds. That fight has the makings to be a dog fight.
The next fight to make for the WBA and IBF Champion Roman has to be another unification bout with WBC Champion Rey Vargas (33-0 22 KOs), a fight Roman called for in the ring, as he continues his quest to collect all the belts at 122 pounds. A fight with Mexico native Vargas, who is signed to Golden Boy, would be a great makeable fight that would sell a good amount of tickets in the LA area. Roman’s team said they are targeting that fight for September, preferably in LA at the Dignity Health Sports Park.