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Roman Wins Unification War Over Doheny

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Los Angeles, April 26th 2019- “We’re going to steal the show” is the answer I got each time I spoke to Danny Roman 26-2-1 (10KOs) or TJ Doheny 21-1 (15KOs) during the promotion this week. My analysis of their predictions has led to the only logical conclusion legally allowed in this situation.

Accurate.

Roman lands left uppercut on Doheny Photo Lina Baker
Roman lands left uppercut on Doheny Photo Lina Baker

In an absolute war, Danny Roman won a majority decision over TJ Doheny on scores of 113-113, and 116-110 (twice). Despite being dropped twice in the fight Doheny matched Roman punch for punch and will for will over twelve grueling rounds losing the fight, but winning fans in the Mexican crowd.

Doheny, the Irishman boxed from the outside early with success before getting caught with a lead left hook to go down in the second round. Roman pressed the action with a relentless body attack to slow Doheny. The seventh round was a brutal back and forth affair with both fighters exchanging shots in a hail of action.

Doheny lands a right hook on Roman Photo Lina Baker
Doheny lands a right hook on Roman Photo Lina Baker

The action got even better in the ninth round when Roman nearly floored Doheny with a punch to the midsection only to see Doheny return fire with three massive left hooks that rocked Roman.

Roman lands a left hook on TJ Doheny
Roman lands a left hook on TJ Doheny Photo Lina Baker

CompuBox numbers for the fight had Roman landing 195 of 742 (26%) to Doheny’s 150 of 503 (30%).

Fighting in front of his hometown crowd Roman elevated his status in the sport unifying the WBA and IBF Super Bantamweight titles.

“TJ hit me with a good shot and I knew I shouldn’t exchange with him” Roman said during the post-fight interview.

“He is a great fighter but even more than that, he is an absolute gentleman, so all the credit in the world to him.” Doheny said during his post-fight interview

“I’m unified champion now, I want to fight Rey Vargas next and win the WBC title too.” Roman said to the media scrum following the fight.

A win over Vargas would further unify the division and solidify Roman as a top tier talent in the sport.

Vargas Stops Veteran Soto in Sixth

Jessie Vargas 29-2-2 (11KOs) returned to stop cagey veteran Humberto Soto 69-10-2 (37KOs) in the sixth round of an all action bout.

Vargas Stops Soto Photo Lina Baker
Vargas Stops Soto Photo Lina Baker

A hard clash of heads opened a serious gash over the left eye of Vargas early in the fight. Both fighters traded at a furious pace, until a hard right hand sent Soto reeling to the canvas. Soto would make it to his feet but a flurry of punches forced referee Thomas Taylor to jump in and save the old fox.

Vargas lands left on Soto Photo: Lina Baker
Vargas lands left on Soto Photo: Lina Baker

Vargas picks up his first stoppage win since knocking out Sadam Ali in 2016.

Simms Jr. Rolls to Decision Win

Anthony Simms Jr. 19-0 (17KOs) out-boxed Vaughn Alexander 14-3 (9KOs) over 10 lackluster rounds. Simms was efficient but on an evening where every fight was fireworks, efficient drew the only boo’s from the crowd.

Simms Jr. won on scores of 98-92 (twice) and 96-94.

Simms Jr Wins UD Photo Lina Baker
Simms Jr Wins UD Photo Lina Baker

Diego Pacheco Wins at Home

After just turning eighteen years old, Diego Pacheco 3-0 (2KOs) made his US debut after beginning his professional career at 17 in Mexico. It took less than one round to blow away sacrificial opponent Guillermo Maldonado 1-1.

Pacheco wins via KO Photo Lina Baker
Pacheco wins via KO Photo Lina Baker

Giyasov Beats Taylor

Shakhram Giyasov won a unanimous decision over an aging Emmanuel Taylor. Giyasov survived being rocked badly twice and almost stopped. Weathering the storm Giyasov was able to regain his composure and control of the fight. Judges cards read 99-91 (twice) and 97-93.

Giyasov tested in victory Photo Lina Baker
Giyasov tested in victory Photo Lina Baker

Ammo Williams Wins Debut

Austin “Ammo” Williams 1-0 (1KOs) blew away Joel Guevara in the first round of his professional debut. Starting boxing at the age of 19 Williams is an explosive prospect with upside.

Ammo Williams wins debut Photo Lina Baker
Ammo Williams wins debut Photo Lina Baker

Murodjon Akhmadaliev 6-0 (5KO’s) stopped veteran Carlos Carlson in the third round.

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About Albert Baker

Creator/Producer/Director of Under the Hand Wraps and owner of underthehandwraps.com. Albert Baker is still the Senior US Writer at InstantBoxing.com and is based in Los Angeles.

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