Rungvisai vs. Estrada, Roman vs. Doheny Fight Preview
By: William Holmes
On Friday night Srisaket Sor Rungvisai will take on Juan Francisco Estrada in a highly anticipated rematch for Sor Rungvisai’s WBC Junior Bantamweight Title.
This bout will be streamed on DAZN and will take place at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
The co-main event of the night will be a WBA/IBF Junior Featherweight Unification fight between Daniel Roman and TJ Doheny.
The undercard features intriguing matchups such as Jessie Vargas taking on Humberto Soto in the junior middleweight division and Anthony Sims Jr. taking on Vaughn Alexander in the super middleweight division.
The following is a preview of the co-main event and main event of the evening.
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Daniel Roman (26-2-1) vs. TJ Doheny (21-0); WBA/IBF Junior Featherweight Titles
The co-main event of the night is an intriguing one between TJ Doheny and Daniel Roman. Roman is still in the midst of his athletic prime at 32 years old and has faced some stiff competition at this point of his career. Doheny has never been defeated, but is thirty two years old and hasn’t faced the level of competition that Roman has faced.
Doheny will have a slight ½ inch height advantage and they both have the same reach.
Both boxers have been fairly active recently. Roman fought three times in 2018 and twice in 2017. Doheny fought once in 2019, twice in 2018, and twice in 2017.
Doheny appears to have an edge in power. He has stopped three of his past five opponents and has 15 stoppage victories. Roman only has ten stoppage victories.
Neither boxer is known for their amateur pedigree.
Roman has losses early in his career to Takashi Okada and Juan Reyes. He has defeated the likes of Gavin McDonnell, Moises Flores, Ryo Matsumoto, Shun Kubo, and Adam Lopez.
Doheny has defeated the likes of Ryohei Takahashi, Ryosuke Iwasa, Mike Oliver, Sutep Wangmuk, and Ryosuke Iwasa.
Even though Doheny has never been defeated, Roman is the more tested fighter at this stage of their careers. Roman is also the younger fighter. This will be a good test for Roman, but he should be able to walk away with the decision victory if he’s able to avoid the power of Doheny.
Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1) vs. Juan Francisco Estrada (38-3); WBC Junior Bantamweight Title
The main event of the night is a rematch between Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada, a close bout that saw Rungvisai pull out a close majority decision win.
Rungvisai is thirty two years old, three years older than his opponent and comes from a boxing culture that is known for fighting more often than most boxers. Rungvisai has forty one stoppage victories and has an edge in power over Estrada. However, he will be giving up one inch in height and about an inch and a half in reach to Estrada.
Both boxers have been fairly active. Estrada fought three times in 2018 and twice in 2017. Rungvisai fought three times in 2018 and twice in 2017.
Rungvisai’s last loss was in 2014 to Carlos Cuadras. His other three losses occurred in his first five fights. He has been on a tear since then.
He has beaten the likes of Iran Diaz, Young Gil Bae, Juan Francisco Estrada, and Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez twice in a row.
Estrada appears to have an edge in amateur experience as he claims an amateur record of 94-4. His losses were to Roman Gonzalez, Rungvisai, and an early in his career loss to Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr., which he later avenged.
Estrada has defeated the likes of Brian Viloria, Milan Melindo, GIovani Segura, Hernan Marquez, Carlos Cuadras, and Victor Mendez.
This will likely be another entertaining bout with a high volume of punches being thrown. However, Estrada is a very intelligent boxer with youth on his side. This writer feels he’ll make enough adjustments in his game plan to pull out a victory.
Super Bantamweight Titlist TJ Doheny Teams Up With Matchroom Boxing
By: Sean Crose
“I am absolutely ecstatic to be joining the principal team in professional boxing today,” says Ireland’s TJ Doheny, the IBF super bantamweight world champion. Doheny, according to Matchroom Boxing “has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing USA and will make the first defense of his IBF World Super-Bantamweight title at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York on Friday January 18, live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK.”
“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,” says Doheny. Doheny, who won his belt by besting Ryosuke Iwasa in Japan last summer, boasts an undefeated 20-0 record. His opponent for the 18th has yet to be announced.
“I’m delighted to welcome TJ to the team,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “TJ is always in great fights and he is coming off a huge win in Japan to capture the title.” Doheny is one of numerous fighters of note in recent memory who have teamed up with Hearn. “He (Doheny) will make the first defense of his title at Madison Square Garden on Jan 18,” the promoter continues, “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 122lbs and we expect to see all of them on DAZN.”
Doheny, who now lives in New Zealand, has fought most of his matches in his homeland, though this will be his fourth time fighting in the US. Although not well known to American audiences, Doheny’s a belt holder in a division that includes Guillermo Rigondeaux. Isaac Dogboe, Rey Vargas, and Diego De La Hoya. Fighting, as he will be on the undercard of the Demtrius Andrade-Artur Akavov WBO middleweight title bout, should help expose the man to a wider audience.
This will be Doheny’s first fight in Madison Square Garden. New York, with it’s large Irish population, could present a comfortable audience, as Boston has in two of Doheny’s previous American fights. ““I am really excited to getting the ball rolling with my first defense on January 18 at Madison Square Garden,” he says. “This fight will give me the momentum I need going into (a) really big year.”