In what turned out to be an absolute war, Daniel Roman (27-2-1, 10 KOs) defeated TJ Doheny (21-1, 15 KOs) by majority decision on Friday, April 26, 2019.
Roman added Doheny’s IBF Super Bantamweight title to his own WBA belt in the process. The contest took place at the Forum in Inglewood, California and streamed live on DAZN.
Early on it was Roman who made the first big impact. During the second round he connected with a left hook that dropped his man. Doheny didn’t seem to be in any actual trouble and continued to fight on.
It seemed as though Roman was in complete control until the seventh round. Doheny landed several left hands that had Roman in a bit of trouble. That success by Doheny was brief as Roman managed to stem the tide and fight his way back into the round.
Not to be outdone, Roman began to pay particular attention to the body of Doheny. That attention to detail paid off as Doheny was dropped with a body shot and was badly hurt. Roman didn’t get the stoppage win, but he did manage to pile on the punishment.
In the final round Doheny pressed the action but just couldn’t do enough to pick up the win. For the majority of the contest, it looked as though Roman dominated. However, as often is the case in boxing, the judges made things far closer than they needed to be.
One judge scored the contest 113-113 but was quickly overruled by the remaining two judges who scored it 116-110.
Roman has now stretched his win streak to 19 and has not lost a contest since 2013. Although Doheny was devastated from defeat he remained classy until the end.
“He kept working and working and broke me down,” said Doheny. “I can’t take anything away from Roman.”
Doheny is still a tremendous fighter and will bounce back following this defeat. Roman now looks to move on to bigger and better things.
At this rate, many will wonder just who will be the one to unseat the new unified champion.