TJ Doheny has admitted it "wasn't his night" after he suffered a surprise defeat to Ionut Baluta in Dubai on Friday night, with the Irish boxer intent on "not feeling sorry for himself".

The former world super bantamweight champion had hoped to put himself in title fight contention later this year by picking up a victory at Caesars Palace Bluewaters and had gone in as pre-fight favourite.

But instead, the Portlaoise-born fighter lost by unanimous decision to his Romanian opponent after eight rounds.

He went down 77-74, 78-74, 78-74 on the judges' scorecards.

"Hard to know what to say after an unexpected defeat," Doheny tweeted after the loss.

"But one thing for sure is I refuse to sit around feeling sorry for myself. It just wasn't my night. End of. Back on the horse Monday morning, my plan is still firmly in place. Come at me!"