TJ Doheny will attempt to become unified super bantamweight champion of the world on 26 April following confirmation he will fight in Los Angeles against Daniel Roman.
Doheny, the IBF belt-holder, will meet Roman on the undercard of Srisaket Sor Rungvisai vs Juan Francisco Estrada - a flyweight world crown match-up at The Forum.
The 31-year-old Portlaoise boxer defended his IBF crown with an 11th-round stoppage of Japan's Ryohei Takahashi in Madison Square Garden last month.
He will now take on Roman [26-2-1, 10KOs] looking to add the WBA belt to his collection.
This was my ideal scenario," said Doheny.
"Get the voluntary defence out of the way, then go straight into the unification, so great work from my team, and Eddie Hearn with Matchroom Boxing USA for getting this fight on. It’s unbelievable, it would mean the world to me. It’s just another boxed ticked, after I won the world title, the next goal was to become a unified champion. I’m looking forward to achieving that.
"We met in the ring after the fight in New York, and there was a lot of respect for each other. That’s the way it should be. We’re two world class fighters, two world champions in the division. A fight like this doesn’t need any false hype, I think that when you’ve got two world class fighters like this that’s enough of a selling point for a high-calibre fight like this.
"Danny’s a great fighter, he adds a lot of pressure, he’s a great puncher, great punch selection, he’s got it all really. It’s going to be a great fight between us, and I won’t be surprised if the fans get to see a bit of a war.
"Fighting Danny in his home city, that doesn’t bother me. I’ve been fighting on the road my whole career, so it will be no different to me. It’s me and him in the ring, and it’s going to be all action."