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Long Beach’s Seanie Monaghan eying another championship fight with a win over Sullivan Barrera

After having not fought in over a year, Seanie is back to show the boxing world what he can do when motivated.

Throughout his boxing career, Seanie Monaghan knew he was something special. The 37-year-old from Long Beach first started boxing professionally in 2010, and he quickly rose through the ranks of the boxing world. In his 16th professional fight in 2012, Seanie won the vacant WBC Continental Americas Light Heavyweight Title from Rayco Saunders. He ended up winning that title two more times, successfully defending it four times. Seemingly on top of the world, one TKO loss to Marcus Browne changed all of that.

Now, he wants it all back.

Monaghan (28-1) faces off against Sullivan Barrera on November 3rd inside the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, NY. The winner is expected to move up and fight for the light heavyweight title. Seanie feels like that is a fair incentive. Speaking during a conference call, the Freeport PAL Boxing Club member talked about how both he and his opponent deserve an opportunity:

“Absolutely. As far as rankings go, you see guys who aren’t even ranked get a title fight. It’s kind of all about being in the right place at the right time. But being ranked in the top five in the world and getting a big signature win against a guy like Barrera has to move my career forward in the right direction.”

Monaghan is very open about having a huge chip on his shoulder leading up to the Browne fight in his backyard, the Nassau Coliseum. The round two loss dropped him down a peg. That was back in July of 2017. He had over a year to address his demons and work to be the very best. That is how he started out after all. A troubled youth, boxing helped shape him to become a machine, a disciplined fighter and better human being.

Coach P.J. Kavanaugh, who has been with him since the beginning, helped Monaghan during the layoff. The result? A dangerous asset to the boxing world:

“Seanie knows he has a tough fight, he’s digging down deep and putting in a little extra. He started training camp way back. He’s faster on the track, he’s getting extra rounds sparring. He’s in the best shape I’ve ever seen him.”

His opponent is no pushover himself when it comes to training. The fight against Barrera (21-2) was supposed to take place in August, but Barrera suffered an injury. The 36-year-old is a former champion himself in the light heavyweight division. After going 17-0 to start his pro career, Barrera has gone 4-2. His last fight was a TKO loss to Dmitry Bivol back in March. With 14 wins via KO, Barrera will look to find his power once again in order to reclaim his position as a contender.

Monaghan is not taking his latest opponent lightly. Speaking to Newsday, Monaghan knows what is at stake and is ready to risk it all. He very passionately stated:

“This is going to be probably my toughest fight of my career. He only has two losses but they were both against undefeated world champions and he took them both into deep water. It couldn’t be more important, honestly, my whole boxing career sums up to one night. He’s the gatekeeper to big things, the big things I’ve been working for. Once I beat this guy, I got it made. I’m just getting ready for war.”

Monaghan v. Barrera is promoted by Main Events Boxing, a part of the Golden Boy Fight Night series on Facebook Watch. Coverage of the action begins at 9:00 p.m. ET. Tickets are on sale now through this link and by calling 973-200-7050.

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