March 9 is a busy night for pugilism, with a Shawn Porter topped card unfolding in Cali. And on the other coast, Dmitriy Bivol will be front and center at Turning Stone Casino, in Verona, NY.
Porter meets Yordenis Ugas, and puts his WBC 147 strap up for grabs. And Bivol places his WBA 175 pound bauble up for the taking against Long Islander Joe Smith.
Those main events will each have their followers, persons who are leaning toward watching this faceoff or that one. But it will be a tossup for some boxing fans, and they’ll maybe be swayed one way or another by the undercard. In Verona, the patrons present and watching on DAZN will take in another light heavyweight scrum, in a support bout. Callum Johnson, a 33 year old Brit, is coming off a loss in his last tango, a title shot against Artur Beterbiev. He will meet another fighter coming off a loss; Sean Monaghan, of Long Island, NY, who lost a decision to Sullivan Barrera in November.
We touched base with Seanie, the 37 year old Long Beach, LI-based scrapper. Seanie, how did this thing come together?
“They approached us with the offer and we love the matchup. He’s a tough come forward guy like I am and the two styles should make for a fan friendly fight. I’ve only seen his last two fights but his style doesn’t seem too tricky, just gotta get in great shape and go to war, just how I like it.”
And what about getting ready; will he spar with newly christened champ Marcus Browne?
“Probably not Marcus because he just fought and I’m sure he’s enjoying some well deserved rest but I’ve been sparring Joe Smith again! I think we’re gonna spar once a week the entire camp, he’s the main event on this card!”
And what about it, does Seanie think he’s the underdog in the March mashup?
“Not in my eyes,” he said, chuckling. “I don’t really know or care! And what’s my prediction? A war that I’m desperate to win. I’m leaving it all in there, whatever it takes!”