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Michael Conlan’s Feile bout with TJ Doheny the ‘perfect test’ for world title shot


Michael Conlan. Credit: INPHO/Queensbury Promotions

Michael Conlan. Credit: INPHO/Queensbury Promotions

Michael Conlan. Credit: INPHO/Queensbury Promotions

Michael Conlan has been handed what manager and brother Jamie describes as “the perfect test” against TJ Doheny on August 6 at Falls Park ahead of a world title shot.

Portlaois man Doheny, 34, is a former IBF world super-bantamweight champion having lost only on a majority decision to Danny Roman in 2019 in their unification clash. Despite suffering a shock loss to Ionut Baluta last year, he remains a dangerous test for the Belfast man.

It is a fight worthy of the return of supporters to boxing and it is understood there will be a crowd of between 6,000 and 8,000 for the show, which is part of the west Belfast Feile. Tickets, priced at £30, £40, £60, £80, £150 and £250 will go on sale through Ticketmaster tomorrow morning.

Conlan is the current mandatory challenger for the WBO world title, which is held by American Stephen Fulton who will be in a unification fight against Brandon Figueroa on September 11. Brother Jamie said: “This is the perfect fight for Michael to show that he is ready for a world title shot. The winner of the Fulton-Figuero fight has to face Michael and we just have to wait and see whether that has to happen by December or if it will be pushed back to March.

“TJ Doheny is a former world champion, he has mixed at world level for some time – more than Michael’s previous opponents – so he will be a real test and, of course, there is going to be some Irish pride on the line.

“TJ proved his grit on the road when he won his world title in Japan – just like Wayne McCullough – and then defended it before narrowly losing to Roman.

“He knows that another world title opportunity can be his if he beats Michael.”

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The show will be promoted by boxing legend Bob Arum in association with Conlan Boxing.

“It’s going to be a surreal night after all we’ve been through with the pandemic. I can’t wait to see the fans back,” ad

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