TJ Doheny will face another Japanese fighter, Ryohei Takahashi, at Madison Square Garden on Friday night in the first defence of the IBF World Super-Bantamweight title he earned last summer.

Doheny took the strap back in August, outpointing defending champion and home favourite Ryosuke Iwasa in Tokyo to move to 20-0 (14 KOs).

Now the Australia-based Irishman will look to cement his status in the Big Apple before targeting unification bouts later in the year.

Takahashi (16-3-1 6KOs) will get the chance to return to the strap to the Far East where Doheny won the title, but the Portlaoise man is in confident mood.

"I have massive respect for boxing in Japan having won my title there, and I know how motivated he will be in his first world title fight, just as I was in Tokyo," he said.

"But I have prepared brilliantly for this fight and this is my time to shine. I know he wants to rip the title from me, but this is my first big night under the spotlight and I intend to shine."