Iwasa will defend his 122 lb title against Doheny
There is a bout that will take place this week between Australian fighter TJ Doheny (19-0, 14 KOs) and IBF super bantamweight champion Ryosuke Iwasa (25-2, 16 KOs).
Iwasa was considered a highly touted prospect by many until his first career loss in 2011. The loss was for the Japanese bantamweight title against future world champion Shinsuke Yamanaka.
In 2015, he would lose to Lee Haskins for the interim IBF bantamweight title. This would be his last defeat winning his next six bouts, capturing the IBF super-bantamweight belt along the way.
Doheny is currently the PABA super-bantamweight titlist. This will be his first attempt at a major title and he plans to make the most of it. The #1 ranked contender is no stranger to traveling for fights.
Three of his last five fights have taken place in the U.S. The other two were in Australia and Thailand.
In addition, he is trained by Hector Bermudez, who guided Juan Guzman to win this very same title.
The challenger is known for training in Boston in 10-week camps before every fight. The feeling of being cutoff and content works fine for him in preparation for fights.
This bout will be a competitive confrontation of southpaws with contrasting styles.
Iwasa (28) is the better boxer with the height, reach, experience and hometown crowd advantage.
Doheny (31) is a very aggressive puncher with an edge in power and corner experience.
This quality championship fight will take place in Kokugikan, Japan August 16.
By: Garrisson “Bo” Bland