BOXING - TJ Doheny's world title tilt back on track after new fight is confirmed

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BOXING - TJ Doheny's world title tilt back on track after new fight is confirmed

TJ Doheny's world title tilt is back on track.

Portlaoise boxer TJ Doheny is back on track for his shot at a world title, after a new opponent was confirmed over the weekend.

Doheny was supposed to fight Russian Evgeny Gradovich on December 15 in Ekaterinberg, but saw that cancelled last week after the Russian complained of a loss of vision. That fight was to be an eliminator for the IBF 122 pound title, meaning had he won, Doheny was guaranteed a shot at a world title, against Japanese fighter Ryosuke Iwasa.

After the disappointment of seeing the fight with Gradovich fall through, Doheny is now back on track after a deal was reached for him to fight against Thai boxer Mike Tawatchai. He will now face his new opponent on December 20th in Bangkok, looking to improve on his record of 17-0 (13 KOs) since turning professional.

If Doheny gets the better of his 32 year old opponent, he will head into 2018 with a world title fight to look forward to.