TJ Doheny shocks previously unbeaten Japhethlee Llamido, scores first round TKO in Japan
TJ Doheny elevated his record in Japan to 3-0 on Tuesday with another upset winning, stopping the previously unbeaten Japhethlee Llamido in one round at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.
Doheny (25-4, 19 knockouts) of Bondi Junction, Australia by way of Portlaois, Ireland showed he still had “The Power,” despite suffering four losses in the previous four years, dropping Llamido (11-1, 4 KOs) with an overhand left before a follow-up assault forced a referee’s stoppage at the 2:28 mark.
. @TjDoheny and 5-1 outsider odds in Korakuen Hall now 3-0! Legendary status in the Orient. First-round KO victor 🧨☘️
So proud of how this almost 37-year-old warrior carries himself. All heart, always willing to dare. pic.twitter.com/LS9rBhmA2H
— Mike Altamura (@mjaltamura) October 31, 2023
The win pushes the 36-year-old Doheny’s winning streak to two, following his fourth round stoppage of Kazuki Nakajima in June, also at Korakuen Hall. Doheny has now won consecutive bouts for the first time since 2019, when he was an undefeated fighter who had won the IBF junior featherweight title and made one successful defense before losing a majority decision to Daniel Roman in a 2019 unification bout.
Llamido, 23, of Long Beach, Calif. was fighting for the first time in Japan, though he had become familiar with the country as a sparring partner for Naoya Inoue.
In the night’s main event, Toshiki Shimomachi (17-1-3, 11 KOs) retained his Japan Boxing Commission junior featherweight title with a ten-round majority draw against Toshiya Ishii (6-1-2, 4 KOs). Two judges had the bout even at 95-95, while the third had it 96-93 in favor of Shimomachi.