TJ Doheny has signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing USA and will make the first defence of his IBF World Super-Bantamweight title in New York on Friday, 18 January. 

Doheny claimed the Super Bantamweight title after outpointing Japan's Ryosuke Iwasa in a unanimous decision at in Tokyo last August.

The Portlaoise fighrer will now look to solidify his status as a world champion at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden against an opponent to be announced soon, and then look to unify the division in 2019 – with a fight against WBA ruler Daniel Roman a target. 

"I am really excited to getting the ball rolling with my first defense on 18 January at Madison Square Garden, said Doheny. 

"This fight will give me the momentum I need going into really big year."

"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."