Seanie Monaghan – Only a matter of time
By Xavier Porter, Brooklynfights.com
November 14, 2016
Brooklyn, N.Y. – Irish Seanie Monaghan has been ranked in the top of the light heavyweight division for several years. The current WBO NABO and WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight champion has defeated all of his opponents and continues to be one fight away from a shot at a world title. At 35 years old Monaghan has no time but the present to get the title shot that he’s long deserved and earned.
“I’ve been training since the summer. I feel good. I’m looking great with my sparring. I feel confident. I definitely want to get back in the ring soon. There are several fights taking place within my division that have some effect on my career. At my age I need to fight.”
Monaghan (27-0, 17 KOs) has not fought since February 27, in which he scored a 5-round TKO win over his opponent on the undercard of the Terence Crawford-Hank Lundy championship match. He is looking at a possible return to the ring on the undercard of Crawford’s championship fight against John Molina Jr., scheduled for December 10.
“I was hoping to get a fight Andre Ward in August but he chose to fight Alexander Brand. I tried to get a fight against Juergen Braehmer (48-3, 35 KOs, former WBA light heavyweight champion); he chose to defend his belt against Nathan Cleverly.”
“I’m ranked #3 within the WBO. I’ve been in contact with representatives of the WBO and there’s a chance that a fight will get made with me and Dominic Boesel (23-0, 8 KOs, current WBA Continental light heavyweight champion). The winner will get the winner between Ward and Kovalev. There’s a rematch clause in the Kovalev-Ward contract. If Kovalev loses he can exercise his rematch clause. That would mean I’d have to wait until sometime next year to fight for the world title.”
While Monaghan waits for an opportunity to fight for a world title he is working out the logistics of his promotional contract with Top Rank Boxing.
“I signed my promotional contract with Top Rank Boxing three years ago. On October 12, I became a free agent. The day I became a free agent my team was contacted by several people and there were many offers. I was also contacted regarding a possible fight with Bernard Hopkins. My team and I were very interested in the fight but we didn’t receive an official offer (contract).”
“Top Rank has put another offer on the table. It’s a tough business when you’re trying to put a fight in place and Top Rank has always been fair with me. They’ve done well by me. I’m definitely thinking about re-signing with them.”
Monaghan has been patient while watching fighters in his division receive opportunities to fight for big paydays and championship belts. He is more than ready to face the top of the elite in his division.
“I want the winner of Ward-Kovalev. If the fight with Boesel gets made I have no problem with going to Germany (his backyard) to knock him out.”
“I remember hearing that Joe Smith called me out for a fight. I’ve sparred over 100 rounds with him. All my life I’ve wanted to fight at Madison Square Garden on the weekend of St. Patrick’s Day. We’re both Irish and that would be a great fight. We’re in competition with each other. A fight with him is something that I definitely want. He’s a big strong guy and a hard puncher. He has a good chance to beat Hopkins. Hopkins is a smart guy with a chin like granite. I hope he wins and beats Hopkins. Then maybe we can finally make that fight happen.”
“I’m excited about my division. I’m looking forward to having a great 2017. My plan is in place and we’ll see how everything plays out.
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