Undefeated light heavyweight "Irish" Seanie Monaghan continues to inch his way toward bigger and better things with each passing fight. He took another step in that direction by once again emerging victorious in the first boxing event to be held at the famed Radio City Music Hall in over 13 years on the Nonito Donaire vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux undercard on Saturday night.
"I don't really think about anything. I just kind of zone out and go in there to do what I've been training to do for the last 10 years. I'm getting better and better in each fight – it's becoming more natural to me that I don't really have to think too much. I just go in there and let it happen," the Long Beach, New York resident Monaghan (18-0, 11 KO's) said of his general approach.
What happened this time came with one punch, a perfectly placed overhand right that knocked Dion "Rex" Stanley (11-5, 7 KO's) down and ultimately out as the visiting fighter from Kansas City was unable to continue at 1:51 of Round 1 on Saturday night. Monaghan, who successfully blocked Stanley's jabs and punches earlier in the round, patiently peppered his opponent with two separate three-punch combinations before setting up the knockout-shot with a left hook to the body.
"It's something that comes naturally after doing it so many times. You don't even have to think about it," explained Monaghan.
With his sights set on landing bigger fights in the future and gaining coveted television exposure, negotiations are currently underway for the wildly popular Monaghan to sign an exclusive deal with either Top Rank or DiBella Entertainment. Having built an 18-fight pro career in only three years and currently holding the WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight title, the 31-year old fighter now looks to manage his career with a view to best position himself for a future world championship opportunity.
"I still am getting better and want to be 100% when I do get my big shot. If I'm getting better, then I should just keep on doing what I'm doing and getting better & better. When the time comes, I'll be ready and we'll give it a shot. Everything is going right on track right now," reasoned Monaghan who is currently ranked #15 by the IBF.
With an entertaining fighting style and an ever-growing fan base, Monaghan could potentially find himself on the HBO airwaves in the near future if a promotional deal can be reached. As big and meaningful the venues in which he has fought has been, including Radio City Music Hall and the main arena at Madison Square Garden, Monaghan is hopeful he can expand the "Long Beach Army" even further with this level of network exposure.
"I'm very thankful for everybody being behind me. It's very motivating to have such a big group of people screaming for you. It really helps me to stay motivated and do my job," Monaghan told Boxing 101.
"Irish" Seanie Monaghan will be back to work in the gym next week with a view to return to the ring this June as he takes another step closer to starring on the big stage.
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