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Seanie Monaghan
Weightclass:
Light Heavyweight
Age:
35
Birthplace:
Long Beach, New York
Record:
26-0, 16 KOs
Height:
5’11.75”
Reach:
72”
Managers:
P.J. Kavanagh
Trainers:
Joe Higgins
biography
“Irish” 

Twitter: @SeanieMono 
Ranked WBA #4, WBO #5, IBF #6, WBC #10 at 175 pounds…
WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight champion, seven successful defenses…
NABO light heavyweight champion…

At the age of 34, Seanie is a five-year pro. A contender at 175 pounds, he is a very popular performer in the New York area and one of the top local draws at the gate.
A former street fighter who got a late start in boxing and had very little amateur experience, Seanie has made tremendous progress as a pro. He stayed active with four fights in 2014 and three in 2015. He has also stepped up in class of opposition, gone the full 10-round distance four times, and broken into the world Top 10 rankings.
In his last fight on February 27 in New York he won by 5th-round TKO against Janne Forsmann.
ESPN.com's Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Seanie Monaghan, possibly on the verge of a world title opportunity, knocked out Janne Forsman in the fifth round of an action fight, thrilling many in the crowd who came to see him.
Monaghan poured it on late in the fourth round as he and Forsman traded toe to toe. But Monaghan got the better of the action as he pounded Forsman with head and body shots. A right hand to the body finally dropped Forsman to a knee. He beat the count as the round ended.
In the fifth round, Monaghan, who was winning via shutout on all three scorecards, picked up where he left off, battering Forsman until [the] referee stepped in and stopped the bout at 1 minute, 34 seconds. [End Rafael item]
Seanie said, "Those days of streetfighting are long behind me. I've caught up with all the other guys as far as experience goes. I've got 27 pro fights – I won every single one of them. My...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2016 – in his last fight on 2-27-15 in New York, NY, he won by TKO (5th round) against Janne Forsman (21-3): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-features with the Terence Crawford-Hank Lundy main event; it was an exciting fight with several good exchanges, but Seanie consistently landed the harder punches and wore down Forsmann; Seanie scored a knockdown with a right hand to the body in the 4th round, but Forsmann beat the count at the bell; Seanie rocked Forsmann with a series of punches in the 5th, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:34; after four rounds, Seanie led by shutout scores of 40-36 on all three scorecards…
 
2015 – 7TH WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS LH TITLE DEFENSE, WON VACANT NABO LH TITLE – on 10-16-15 in Brooklyn, NY, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Donovan George (35-4-2): the bout headlined at the Aviator Sports Complex; George injured his right hand in the early rounds, but gave a determined effort; there were several good exchanges and the action was fast-paced and exciting; Seanie was cut over his right eye by a clash of heads in the 2nd round, but consistently outworked George, landed the harder punches, and dominated the fight; scored 100-90, 100-90, 99-91...
On 6-15-13 in New York he won by TKO (10th round) against Fulgencio Zuniga (27-10-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-features with the Nicholas Walters-Miguel Marriaga main event, and it was a good fight; Zuniga gave a strong effort and there were several good exchanges, but Seanie consistently landed the harder punches and wore him down; Zuniga went to one knee in the 10th round – it was not ruled a knockdown, but he did not continue and the referee stopped the fight at 2:10…
On 5-8-15 in Newark, NJ, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Cleiton...
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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.
"I was mostly just kind of doing the wrong thing. I was just hanging around town – there's a lot of bars in my town, and I was just an underaged kid hanging around the bars and I'd be fighting these older guys and knocking them out. That's the way I got known around my town – people started knowing me as ‘that young kid that knocks people out in the bars.’ That went on for a long time. I'm not exaggerating when I say I've had way more fights in the street than I've had in the ring – there's no comparison.
"I actually worked the bars. I was working there...
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Biography

“Irish” 

  • Twitter: @SeanieMono 
  • Ranked WBA #4, WBO #5, IBF #6, WBC #10 at 175 pounds…
  • WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight champion, seven successful defenses…
  • NABO light heavyweight champion…

At the age of 34, Seanie is a five-year pro. A contender at 175 pounds, he is a very popular performer in the New York area and one of the top local draws at the gate.

A former street fighter who got a late start in boxing and had very little amateur experience, Seanie has made tremendous progress as a pro. He stayed active with four fights in 2014 and three in 2015. He has also stepped up in class of opposition, gone the full 10-round distance four times, and broken into the world Top 10 rankings.

In his last fight on February 27 in New York he won by 5th-round TKO against Janne Forsmann.

ESPN.com's Dan Rafael reported from ringside [excerpts]: Seanie Monaghan, possibly on the verge of a world title opportunity, knocked out Janne Forsman in the fifth round of an action fight, thrilling many in the crowd who came to see him.

Monaghan poured it on late in the fourth round as he and Forsman traded toe to toe. But Monaghan got the better of the action as he pounded Forsman with head and body shots. A right hand to the body finally dropped Forsman to a knee. He beat the count as the round ended.

In the fifth round, Monaghan, who was winning via shutout on all three scorecards, picked up where he left off, battering Forsman until [the] referee stepped in and stopped the bout at 1 minute, 34 seconds. [End Rafael item]

Seanie said, "Those days of streetfighting are long behind me. I've caught up with all the other guys as far as experience goes. I've got 27 pro fights – I won every single one of them. My experience is on par with all of these other guys by now. I started out a little bit rusty. I didn't have the hundred amateur fights like some of these guys have, but I've been in the ring for a long time and I've got a lot of experience myself. I'm no novice anymore.

"I'm training at the Freeport PAL. My training has been progressing. I added some swimming to my training, and I do a lot more stretching out than I used to.

"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 – 2016 – in his last fight on 2-27-15 in New York, NY, he won by TKO (5th round) against Janne Forsman (21-3): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-features with the Terence Crawford-Hank Lundy main event; it was an exciting fight with several good exchanges, but Seanie consistently landed the harder punches and wore down Forsmann; Seanie scored a knockdown with a right hand to the body in the 4th round, but Forsmann beat the count at the bell; Seanie rocked Forsmann with a series of punches in the 5th, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:34; after four rounds, Seanie led by shutout scores of 40-36 on all three scorecards…

 

2015 – 7TH WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS LH TITLE DEFENSE, WON VACANT NABO LH TITLE – on 10-16-15 in Brooklyn, NY, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Donovan George (35-4-2): the bout headlined at the Aviator Sports Complex; George injured his right hand in the early rounds, but gave a determined effort; there were several good exchanges and the action was fast-paced and exciting; Seanie was cut over his right eye by a clash of heads in the 2nd round, but consistently outworked George, landed the harder punches, and dominated the fight; scored 100-90, 100-90, 99-91...

On 6-15-13 in New York he won by TKO (10th round) against Fulgencio Zuniga (27-10-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was one of the co-features with the Nicholas Walters-Miguel Marriaga main event, and it was a good fight; Zuniga gave a strong effort and there were several good exchanges, but Seanie consistently landed the harder punches and wore him down; Zuniga went to one knee in the 10th round – it was not ruled a knockdown, but he did not continue and the referee stopped the fight at 2:10…

On 5-8-15 in Newark, NJ, he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Cleiton Conceicao (20-6-2): the bout was co-featured with the Michel Soro-Glen Tapia main event; Conceicao gave a strong effort, but Seanie dominated most of the fight; Seanie started fast – he outworked Conceicao and landed the harder punches in the early rounds, but Conceicao rallied in the middle rounds; Seanie finished the fight strongly and won by scores of 98-92, 98-92, 99-91…

 

2014 – 6TH WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS LH TITLE DEFENSE – on 12-13-14 in Las Vegas, NV, he won by TKO (3rd round) against Daniel Regi (24-11): the scheduled 10-rounder was on the undercard of the Timothy Bradley-Jr.-Diego Chaves main event, and Seanie quickly overpowered him; he wore down Regi with repeated body punches, then scored three knockdowns in the 3rd round – the first with a right hand, the second with a series of punches, and the third with a right hand; Regi got up every time, but the referee stopped the fight at 2:52…

5TH WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS LH TITLE DEFENSE – on 6-14-14 in Brooklyn he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Elvir Muriqi (40-6): the bout was one of the co-features with the Chris Algieri-Ruslan Provodnikov main event, and Seanie dominated the fight; he pressed forward, outworked Muriqi, and consistently landed the harder punches; Seanie scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 4th round; Seanie was cut over both eyes in the 9th round, but won by scores of 99-90, 99-90, 98-91…

4TH WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS LH TITLE DEFENSE – on 4-12-14 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (5th round) against Joe McCreedy (15-6-2): the scheduled 10-rounder was on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr. main event; Seanie scored a knockdown with a body punch in the 3rd round; he scored two more knockdowns in the 5th, both with body punches, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:25…

3RD WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS LH TITLE DEFENSE – on 1-25-14 in New York he won by TKO (1st round) against Matt Vanda (45-15): scheduled 10-rounder was on the undercard of the Mikey Garcia-Juan Carlos Burgos main event; Vanda tore his left biceps muscle in the 1st round and couldn’t continue, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:51…

 

2013 – 2ND WBC CONTINENTAL AMERICAS LH TITLE DEFENSE – on 10-12-13 in Las Vegas he won by TKO (3rd round) against Anthony Caputo Smith (14-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was on the undercard of the Timothy Bradley Jr.-Juan Manuel Marquez main event; Seanie consistently landed the harder punches and wore down Smith; he rocked Smith in the 3rd round, and the referee stopped the fight at 2:39…

On 4-13-13 in New York he won by TKO (1st round) against Dion Stanley (11-4): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Guillermo Rigondeaux-Nonito Donaire main event, and Seanie quickly overpowered him; he 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 pressed forward, consistently landed the harder punches, and steadily 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 scheduled 10-rounder 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…

 

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 scheduled 10-rounder headlined at the Roseland Ballroom, and Seanie dominated the fight – 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…

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; Bailey gave a good effort, but Seanie dominated the fight; he was cut over his left eye, but scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 2nd round; 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 scheduled 4-rounder 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 scheduled 6-rounder 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 scheduled 6-rounder was on the undercard of the Sergio Martinez-Darren Barker main event; Seanie consistently landed the harder punches and steadily wore down Claiborne; Seanie was cut over his right eye, but 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 he won by knockout (1st round) against Brian Bernard (10-8-2): the scheduled 4-rounder 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 bout was on the undercard at B.B King Blues Club & Grill, 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 harder 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 scheduled 4-rounder was on the undercard at B.B King Blues Club & Grill, and it was fast-paced and exciting; Gonzalez gave a good effort, but Seanie consistently landed the harder punches and quickly 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.

"I was mostly just kind of doing the wrong thing. I was just hanging around town – there's a lot of bars in my town, and I was just an underaged kid hanging around the bars and I'd be fighting these older guys and knocking them out. That's the way I got known around my town – people started knowing me as ‘that young kid that knocks people out in the bars.’ That went on for a long time. I'm not exaggerating when I say I've had way more fights in the street than I've had in the ring – there's no comparison.

"I actually worked the bars. I was working there when I was about 14, 15. I was out until all hours of the morning. The bars don't close here until four o'clock, so I wouldn't be getting home until six o'clock. So if I wanted, I would just tell my mom that I was working and I would just go hang out until six o'clock in the morning with these older guys.

"It's hard to say how many streetfights I had – I don't even remember some of them, I was so drunk. From the time I was 17 until the time when I was 20, I probably had about 40, 50 streetfights. Some of them would be like a group of 10 guys fighting another group of 10 guys, and some of them were one-on-one. I squared up with a lot of different guys. Now, everyone's patting you on the back and saying what a great job you did instead of having to run from the cops and have people talking to you, telling you you're going to wind up in jail. And I'm not even including the little kids' fights, like little fights in the playground – I had about a hundred of them, too.

"What happened was, I got in trouble. I got into a fight, a bunch of people got hurt, and I got arrested. A friend of mine, he was telling me, 'Why don't you try boxing?' There was really no boxing gyms in Long Beach. Freeport was only about 15 miles away but to me, it was like a world away as a young guy. A friend of mine, he drove me to the gym and I fell in love with it right away. I was already about 21.

"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 in Far Rockaway now 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.

"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. It's great."…

Seanie and his wife, Beverly, have two children – four year-old son Sammy and two year-old daughter Malia…

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 determined…has shown tremendous improvement in his skills and conditioning…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 27 fights…132 total rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 4.8 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 62 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 10 rounds – 4 (4-0)…8 rounds – 3 (3-0)…