Sean Monaghan: “I Didn’t Come This Far Just To Come This Far”

The poster will tell you that the Omar Figueroa versus Robert Guerrero welterweight battle is the main event at the refurbished Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island, NY July 15…but the poster lies.

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To me, anyway, and to I dare say a couple thousand folks who will be packing the joint to the Islanders banners that night, as they will be there to root on their guy Seanie Monaghan, the 28-0 light heavyweight contender who is in the fight of his life against Marcus Browne. Hailing from Staten Island, Browne (19-0), who fought for America at the 2012 Olympics, will himself have some rooters in the house, for a bout to run on Fox.

If you browse social media, you will see many persons opining that Browne is too skilled, too slick for the lunch pail banger Monaghan, who debuted as a pro in 2010, and fights under the Dibella Entertainment banner.

They say, Seanie,  you are the mega underdog, that Browne will give you the business at Nassau? Thoughts on that?

“We’ll see about that July 15,” said the 35 year old Long Beach, LI resident on the latest Everlast “Talkbox” podcast. “I got a different plan.”

OK, so what is the plan? Seanie was “just” a rumbler, a seat filler, a beer seller…and he just kept plugging away…and he worked, and he waited, and he shrugged off political disappointments, and fights that didn’t come off..and here he is. The winner at this PBC event gets a title shot, at light heavyweight, and the loser…doesn’t.

“I gotta break him down, like anybody else,” the fighter said. “Marcus is definitely the best guy, to this point, that I’ve been in the ring with. But I’m really not worried about…to be honest with you, I’ve kind of got a mentality I just stay one step ahead of whoever I’m in front of. And there’s been times when I’ve been in with guys who aren’t killers but I’ve just been one step ahead of them, and won the fight, but it wasn’t super impressive. But the better the guy I’m in there with, the better I’ll fight. And,” he continued, “I’ve never felt this mentally nasty leading into a fight. I’m thinking about it all day and all night, and I’m completely, completely confident and I know I can take what he’s got. I don’t know if he can take what I’ve got! And I’m comin, and I’m in shape, and I’m gonna be bringing the heat all night long. Like a pitbull.”

Can he share a scouting report on Browne, who he’s sparred with extensively, for a number of years?

“Well listen, Marcus and I have known each other for years. So I’m not gonna go into bashing him, and going into what I think are his weak areas. I’ll just give him his credit and say he’s a very good fighter, a very good amateur, and I’m gonna have my hands full that night. It will be the deepest water either one of us has been in. And who’s gonna sink, who’s gonna drown. The way I’m looking at this fight is, there’s gonna be two dogs in a cage, and they are gonna put one steak down. And one of us has to bring it home to our family. And believe me, it’s gonna be me, because I cannot accept a loss right now.”

The stakes are immense then; does he fear that a loss here, at his age, would mean naysayers would say I told ya so?

“My age, I don’t really think about my age. If you see me working out, I’m doing sprints with 20 year olds, and I’m smokin ‘em. So, I’m a very well preserved 35 year old. I’m as young (feeling) and healthy as anybody out there. And it’s really just, it took me 28 fights to buld up to where I’m in line for a big fight, and the winner of this fight is in line for a huge fight, Lou Dibella is saying the winner of this is gonna get a title shot. So, that’s really what it’s about, it’s not about my age at all. Becaue, like I said, no 20 year old is gonna outmuscle me or out hustle me. So that’s really not what it’s about. It’s about all the marbles right now are up for grabs. The winner of this moves on to a big payday, a big fight, that’s what it’s about. So, I didn’t come this far just to come this far. I’m just gettin started.”

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