• Kyodo


Ryosuke Iwasa will defend his IBF super bantamweight crown for the second time in August when he takes on Ireland’s TJ Doheny in Tokyo, Iwasa’s gym announced Sunday.

“He is a huge obstacle, but if I can overcome him I’ll become that much stronger,” the 28-year-old Iwasa told a news conference in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture.

A 31-year-old southpaw, Doheny is the No. 1 contender and is undefeated in 19 pro fights with 14 knockouts. Iwasa is 25-2 with 16 wins by knockout. The fight is slated for Aug. 16 at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall.

“I want to start a new legend here,” Iwasa said, referring to his recent switch to the Kashiwa-based Celes Boxing Sports Gym.

“He (Doheny) is a powerhouse and I expect him to pressure me. Both of my losses have been to southpaws, so that is my Achilles heel.”

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