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Seanie Monaghan
Weightclass:
Light Heavyweight
Age:
33
Birthplace:
Long Beach, New York
Record:
21-0, 14 KOs
Height:
5’11.75”
Reach:
72”
Managers:
P.J. Kavanagh
Trainers:
Joe Higgins
biography

Twitter: @SeanieMono 
Ranked WBA #10, IBF #11, WBC #19 at 175 pounds…
WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight champion, one successful defense…

At the age of 31, Seanie is a three-year pro. A prospect at 175 pounds, he is a very popular performer – one of the top draws at the gate in the New York area.
He has stayed very active in the ring and made good progress – he has fought two times in 2013 and he fought five times in 2012 and seven times in 2011.
Seanie is coming off a first-round TKO win against Dion Stanley in his last fight on April 13. The bout was on the undercard of the Guillermo Rigondeaux-Nonito Donaire main event at Radio City Music Hall.
ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Light heavyweight Sean Monaghan, a popular ticket seller from Long Beach, N.Y., knocked out Dion Stanley with a clean overhand right at 1:51 of the first round. Stanley tried to get to his feet but was wobbly and looked as though he had injured an ankle, and referee Harvey Dock stopped the fight. [End Rafael item]
After Seanie’s third-round TKO win against George Armenta on August 2, 2012, Secondsout.com's Jerry Glick reported from ringside [excerpts]: Few fighters have shown so much improvement so early in their career. Monaghan, once a glorified street brawler in the ring, is now a tough slugger with power and confidence to spare. [End Glick item]
Seanie said, "I got a late start in boxing, so I'm trying to catch up. If I don't get banged up, there's really no reason for me to get out of shape and take time off.
"When I come home at night, I lay in bed and I'm dreaming about boxing, and I'm thinking about what I did in sparring that day and what I'm going to do tomorrow. It's a big mental thing with me.
"If you...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2013 - in his last fight on 4-13-13 in New York, NY, he won by TKO (1st round) against Dion Stanley (11-4): the bout was on the undercard of the Guillermo Rigondeaux-Nonito Donaire main event; Seanie scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:51…
On 1-19-13 in New York he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Roger Cantrell (15-2): the bout was on the undercard of the Mikey Garcia-Orlando Salido main event; it was a fast-paced, exciting fight and repeatedly had the fans on their feet; Seanie was cut over his left eye in the 3rd round, but kept pressing forward, landed the harder punches, and steadlly wore down Cantrell; scored 78-74, 77-75, 79-73…
 
2012 – 1ST WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS LH TITLE DEFENSE - on 10-24-12 in New York he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Rayco Saunders (22-17-2): the bout headlined at the Roseland Ballroom; Seanie pressed forward, consistently outworked Saunders, and dominated most of the right; he bloodied Saunders’ mouth in the 9th round, and doubled him over with a right hand to the body in the 10th; scored 99-91, 99-91, 98-92…
On 8-2-12 in New York he won by TKO (3rd round) against George Armenta (14-9): the bout was co-featured with the Thomas Oosthuizen-Rowland Bryant main event, and Seanie quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a right hand late in the 2nd round, then scored another knockdown with a right hand in the 3rd – Armenta got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:25; after the fight, Seanie said, "My trainer Joe Higgins was telling me to throw the right hand straight, as he could see he was open for that. I followed the instructions and was able to end the show in impressive fashion. I get my...
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background
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Seanie said, "I was born in Long Beach, New York.
My parents wanted me to be born an American citizen, so they moved here when my mom was pregnant with me. My dad's from Ireland. My mother's parents are from Ireland – she grew up in New York and she moved to Ireland as a teenager. She met my father there, they got married, and she got pregnant. Then they moved to New York. My uncle - my mother's brother - had a house, and they made a little apartment for us in the garage. We lived in the garage for a while. I'm the oldest – I've got two brothers and a sister. I'm the only boxer in the family, but my great uncle – my father's uncle – was a national champion. He did the Tour de France, and he has all kind of records in marathon bike riding in Ireland.
"My mother is a physical therapist, which helps me a lot – she keeps me injury free. My father has an upholstery business where he refinishes couches and chairs and stuff like that.
"I got a late start in boxing. I was actually getting into a lot of streetfights, and I was always a huge, huge boxing fan. I just kind of had no direction in my life. No sport that I ever played in high school really jumped out and grabbed my attention. I tried lacrosse and wrestling and stuff, but I never really fell in love with any of them.
"There was a couple of bumps in the road, as well. I went to the Freeport Gym, and what happened was, my friend, Bobby Calabrese – he's the one that brought me to the gym – he got murdered. That kind of threw a monkeywrench in my plans. I got all mad and punched the wall and broke my hand. I was out for a while – I just kind of went back into limbo for a while, then the gym closed down.
"I was kind of lost. I had a broken hand, the gym closed down. I had one fight at that point – I was 1-0. So I said, 'I'm undefeated, I did my boxing thing, and that's...
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Biography
  • Twitter: @SeanieMono 
  • Ranked WBA #10, IBF #11, WBC #19 at 175 pounds…
  • WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight champion, one successful defense…

At the age of 31, Seanie is a three-year pro. A prospect at 175 pounds, he is a very popular performer – one of the top draws at the gate in the New York area.

He has stayed very active in the ring and made good progress – he has fought two times in 2013 and he fought five times in 2012 and seven times in 2011.

Seanie is coming off a first-round TKO win against Dion Stanley in his last fight on April 13. The bout was on the undercard of the Guillermo Rigondeaux-Nonito Donaire main event at Radio City Music Hall.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Light heavyweight Sean Monaghan, a popular ticket seller from Long Beach, N.Y., knocked out Dion Stanley with a clean overhand right at 1:51 of the first round. Stanley tried to get to his feet but was wobbly and looked as though he had injured an ankle, and referee Harvey Dock stopped the fight. [End Rafael item]

After Seanie’s third-round TKO win against George Armenta on August 2, 2012, Secondsout.com's Jerry Glick reported from ringside [excerpts]: Few fighters have shown so much improvement so early in their career. Monaghan, once a glorified street brawler in the ring, is now a tough slugger with power and confidence to spare. [End Glick item]

Seanie said, "I got a late start in boxing, so I'm trying to catch up. If I don't get banged up, there's really no reason for me to get out of shape and take time off.

"When I come home at night, I lay in bed and I'm dreaming about boxing, and I'm thinking about what I did in sparring that day and what I'm going to do tomorrow. It's a big mental thing with me.

"If you see, I kind of have a little trademark thing. I kind of pound on my chest and look up at the sky before each fight, and that's for my friend Bobby Calabrese. I got his name tattooed on my heart, and I pound on it and look up at the sky – I'm thinking about him every time I get the ring. He's the one who first brought me to the gym and he was my best friend, and he got murdered back in 2004. He's kind of always with me in the ring, then."

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2013 - in his last fight on 4-13-13 in New York, NY, he won by TKO (1st round) against Dion Stanley (11-4): the bout was on the undercard of the Guillermo Rigondeaux-Nonito Donaire main event; Seanie scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 1st round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:51…

On 1-19-13 in New York he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Roger Cantrell (15-2): the bout was on the undercard of the Mikey Garcia-Orlando Salido main event; it was a fast-paced, exciting fight and repeatedly had the fans on their feet; Seanie was cut over his left eye in the 3rd round, but kept pressing forward, landed the harder punches, and steadlly wore down Cantrell; scored 78-74, 77-75, 79-73…

 

2012 – 1ST WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS LH TITLE DEFENSE - on 10-24-12 in New York he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Rayco Saunders (22-17-2): the bout headlined at the Roseland Ballroom; Seanie pressed forward, consistently outworked Saunders, and dominated most of the right; he bloodied Saunders’ mouth in the 9th round, and doubled him over with a right hand to the body in the 10th; scored 99-91, 99-91, 98-92…

On 8-2-12 in New York he won by TKO (3rd round) against George Armenta (14-9): the bout was co-featured with the Thomas Oosthuizen-Rowland Bryant main event, and Seanie quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a right hand late in the 2nd round, then scored another knockdown with a right hand in the 3rd – Armenta got up but was unsteady, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:25; after the fight, Seanie said, "My trainer Joe Higgins was telling me to throw the right hand straight, as he could see he was open for that. I followed the instructions and was able to end the show in impressive fashion. I get my confidence from my conditioning. I put everything I have into my training. I am very happy with my performance tonight, and I'm looking forward to whatever Lou DiBella has in store for me next."...

 

WON VACANT WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS LH TITLE - on 6-14-12 in New York he won by TKO (8th round) against Romaro Johnson (11-6-1): the fight headlined at the Roseland Ballroom, and Seanie dominated - he was cut over his right eye in the 4th round, but consistently outworked Johnson and landed the harder punches; he staggered Johnson with a right hand in the 8th, then rocked him with a series of punches – Johnson’s corner signalled the end, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:30; after the fight, Seanie said, "He was a tough guy. I said it was going to be an easy night - I saw a video of him getting knocked out - but it just didn’t go that way. The guy hung in there and gave me some good work. It was a learning experience, and I felt that I got better as the rounds went on."...

On 3-17-12 in New York, he won a 6 round unanimous decision against Eric Watkins (6-1): the bout was on the undercard of the Sergio Martinez-Matthew Macklin main event at Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick’s Day, and Seanie dominated; he pressed forward, consistently outworked Watkins, and landed the harder punches; scored 59-55, 59-55, 60-54……

On 1-21-12 in New York he won an 8 round unanimous decision against Billy Bailey (11-13): the bout was on the undercard of the DeMarcus Corley-Gabriel Bracero main event, and Seanie dominated; he scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 2nd round, but was cut over his left eye; Bailey recovered and gave a good effort for the rest of the fight; scored 80-71, 80-71, 79-72……

 

2011 - on 12-3-11 in New York he won by knockout (2nd round) against Santos Martinez (2-2): the fight was on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito II main event; Seanie scored a knockdown with a left hook when Martinez was held up by the ropes in the 1st round; he scored another knockdown with a left hook to the body in the 2nd, and Martinez was counted out at 2:56…

On 10-22-11 in New York he won by TKO (5th round) against Anthony Pietrantonio (7-7): the fight was on the undercard of the Nonito Donaire-Omar Narvaez main event; the early rounds were close, but Seanie consistently landed the harder punches and steadily wore him down; he rocked Pietrantonio with a series of punches in the 5th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:51…

On 10-1-11 in Atlantic City, NJ, he won by TKO (4th round) against Kentrell Claiborne (2-3): the fight was on the undercard of the Sergio Martinez-Darren Barker main event; Seanie consistently landed the harder punches and steadily wore him down; he rocked Claiborne with series of punches in the 4th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 0:54…

On 7-30-11 in Brooklyn, NY, he won by knockout (1st round) against Brian Bernard (10-8-2): the fight was on the undercard at the Aviator Sports center, and Seanie quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a left hook-right hand combination in the 1st round, and Bernard was counted out at 1:29…

On 3-29-11 in New York he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Michael Glenn (2-2): the fight was on the undercard at B.B King’s, and Seanie dominated; he consistently outworked Glenn, landed the harder punches, and steadily wore him down; scored 40-36 on all three scorecards…

On 3-12-11 in Mashantucket, CT, he won a 4 round unanimous decision against Billy Cunningham (5-8): the fight was on the undercard of the Sergio Martinez-Sergiy Dzinziruk main event, and Seanie dominated; he consistently outworked Cunningham, landed the hareder punches, and won by shutout scores of 40-36 on all three scorecards…

On 2-9-11 in New York he won by TKO (3rd round) against Angel Gonzalez (2-3): the fight was on the undercard at B.B King’s, and it was fast-paced and exciting; Gonzalez gave a good effort, but Seanie consistently landed the harder punches and wore him down; he bloodied Gonzalez’ nose in the 2nd round, and Gonzalez did not continue after the 3rd round…

 

2010 – on 10-22-10 in New York he won by TKO (2nd round, 1:38) against Nicholas Whiting (2-13-1)…

On 10-6-10 in New York he won a 4 round majority decision against Borngod Washington (0-5): scored 39-37, 40-36, 38-38…

On 7-17-10 in Atlantic City he won by knockout (1st round, 1:19) against Dennis Penelton (0-1)…

He debuted at the age of 29 on 5-21-10 in New York and won by TKO (1st round, 3:00) against Simeon Trigueno (0-3)…

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND: Seanie said, "I was born in Long Beach, New York.

My parents wanted me to be born an American citizen, so they moved here when my mom was pregnant with me. My dad's from Ireland. My mother's parents are from Ireland – she grew up in New York and she moved to Ireland as a teenager. She met my father there, they got married, and she got pregnant. Then they moved to New York. My uncle - my mother's brother - had a house, and they made a little apartment for us in the garage. We lived in the garage for a while. I'm the oldest – I've got two brothers and a sister. I'm the only boxer in the family, but my great uncle – my father's uncle – was a national champion. He did the Tour de France, and he has all kind of records in marathon bike riding in Ireland.

"My mother is a physical therapist, which helps me a lot – she keeps me injury free. My father has an upholstery business where he refinishes couches and chairs and stuff like that.

"I got a late start in boxing. I was actually getting into a lot of streetfights, and I was always a huge, huge boxing fan. I just kind of had no direction in my life. No sport that I ever played in high school really jumped out and grabbed my attention. I tried lacrosse and wrestling and stuff, but I never really fell in love with any of them.

"There was a couple of bumps in the road, as well. I went to the Freeport Gym, and what happened was, my friend, Bobby Calabrese – he's the one that brought me to the gym – he got murdered. That kind of threw a monkeywrench in my plans. I got all mad and punched the wall and broke my hand. I was out for a while – I just kind of went back into limbo for a while, then the gym closed down.

"I was kind of lost. I had a broken hand, the gym closed down. I had one fight at that point – I was 1-0. So I said, 'I'm undefeated, I did my boxing thing, and that's it.'

"Then P.J. Kavanagh came into the picture. P.J. was a bar owner in Long Beach, and he knew my brothers and sisters from work - they worked in his bar. He knew, just from around town, that I beat some guys up in his bar - he heard about me. P.J., God bless him, he came and knocked on my door one day. I didn't really know him – I knew him just to say ‘hi,’ but we weren’t close or anything like that. He came and he knocked on the door and introduced himself to me. He said, 'Listen, I'm P.J. I really think you have a bright future as a boxer. I've heard from people who have seen you fight in the street that you really know how to handle yourself. I heard that your gym recently closed down. There's another gym that's over now in Far Rockaway called Irish Ropes' Far Rockaway is about the same distance as Freeport, but in the other direction. It’s a really, really tough neighborhood, and I was the only Irish guy in there – there was all black guys except me. It was called ‘Irish Ropes,’ but I was the only Irish guy in there.

"Then I had two or three more amateur fights in that gym, then that gym closed down. Luckily, at that time, coach Joe opened the new Freeport PAL. So I went right back to coach Joe, where I belonged in the first place.

"I had 15 amateur fights. I won 11 of them and lost four of them, and all four of them I thought I won. I'm naturally righthanded.

"I'm married and we have one son. My wife's name is Beverly. We met at the right time. She's a Puerto Rican girl - she's from the Bronx - and she played volleyball. She had a full-ride to a college called Hofstra out here when I met her. They have what they call 'the dry season' when they don't drink, and I don't drink. We met on the beach and we hit it off right away – she didn't drink, I didn't drink, we had very similar interests, and we just fell in love right away.

"When I was doing four-round fights, I was still working as a bricklayer. I'd be laying bricks all day, and then going to the gym right after. But thank God, I got past that point. I wouldn’t be able to lay bricks all day and go train for a 10-round fight. The training that we're doing now takes up my whole day. I'm on the track in the morning for about an hour and a half, then I got to go rest up, then I go back to the gym for about three hours, and then at night I'm doing my strength work. But I'm actually making enough money that I can live comfortably right now and not have to work. It's great."…

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2008 NEW YORK GOLDEN GLOVES, New York, New York, 178 pounds, novice-division – SILVER MEDALIST: in the finals on 4-18-08 he lost a 5-0 decision against Joseph Smith Jr. of Veterans Memorial...

 

STRENGTHS: Has an aggressive style and good punching power…a good body puncher…physically strong, tough and deterimed…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 18 fights…75 total rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 4.1 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 61 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 10 rounds – 1 (1-0)…8 rounds – 3 (3-0)…