Sean Monaghan looks to land the big one with a win in ‘Battle of the Islands’
On July 15, a welterweight matchup between former WBC lightweight titleholder Omar Figueroa Jr. and former two-division world champion Robert Guerrero will be the main event on FS1, live from the newly renovated Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
However, the fight that might draw the most interest from local boxing fans, billed as the “Battle of the Islands,” is the matchup between undefeated light heavyweight contender Marcus Browne, of Staten Island, New York and Sean Monaghan, who hails from nearby Long Island, New York.
While both Monaghan and Browne are familiar with each other, and, in fact have sparred in the past, in recent interviews both made it clear it is all business come fight night. “The buddy-buddy talk is out the window,” Browne said. “This is a fight. We both have kids to feed. I have a destiny that is already written and Seanie is in the way of that…Come July 15, there’s no friends. This is the ‘Battle of the Islands’ and I’m going to win. Sorry, Long Island.”
Monaghan, 28-0 (17), had been training over the past few months for what he thought would be a shot at Montreal, Canada’s WBC light heavyweight king Adonis Stevenson. However, when Stevenson got injured and the fight was put on hold, the Browne opportunity popped up.
Monaghan was disappointed in losing his long-coveted world title shot and he knows he is risking his world ranking in fighting the talented Browne, 19-0 (14). However, he knows a win over Browne will open doors to another shot at a world crown, before too long. “For the amount of money they’re offering and the opportunities that are going to come after, we have to do it,” Monaghan said. “This is a very important fight. There’s a lot on the line.”
While Monaghan doesn’t possess the slick boxing skills of southpaw Browne, he brings rugged determination, underrated elusiveness and an incredible will to win. It is also clear that the popular Monaghan considers the all-New York matchup to be the most important fight of his entire career.
“The winner gets the big one. It’s life and death for me. This is going to be a big, exciting night.”