P.J. Kavanaugh

by John Kearns

How it’s New York:The announcement of Seanie Monaghan’s signing with Top Rank took place at New York’s legendary Friar’s Club.
How it’s Irish: Boxer “Irish” Seanie Monaghan is the son of parents from County Meath.  His manager, P.J. Kavanagh hails from County Kildare.

On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, Top Rank announced the signing of undefeated light heavyweight contender “Irish” Seanie Monaghan at the New York Media Luncheon held in the Milton Berle Room of the celebrated Friar’s Club.


A few laughs before the press conference

A native of Long Beach, New York, “Irish” Seanie Monaghan is one of the top gate attractions in New York boxing.  Monaghan has earned an undefeated record of 18-0 with 11 knockouts.  He captured the World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas light heavyweight title on June 14, 2012, via an eighth-round technical knockout of Romaro Johnson and successfully defended it last October 24, winning a unanimous decision over Rayco Sanders. Known for his aggressive style and good punching power, especially to the body, Monaghan, 31, is currently world-rated No. 11 by the World Boxing Association (WBA) and No. 20 by the WBC.

Irish” Seanie Monaghan will defend his championship against Anthony Caputo-Smith on October 12th at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  The event will be broadcast on pay-per-view in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada.  Other telecasts will bring the fight all over the world, including Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Latin America

Hall-of-Fame promoter Bob Arum stated that he had been scouting the first generation Irish-American boxer for over a year.  After the big fight in Las Vegas, Arum plans to bring Monaghan back to New York City for a bout in the Theater of Madison Square Garden and predicted that Monaghan would contend for a world championship within a year.  He plans to have Monaghan fight in the full Madison Square Garden and possibly at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey.


Bob Arum


“Irish” Seanie Monaghan

Arum said that now is the right time for Top Rank to sign Monaghan.

“I have confidence in Seanie,” the promoter said, “he can be a much bigger star than he is now.”

Monaghan’s manager, P.J. Kavanagh, was pleased to hear that Top Rank had been scouting the boxer for a year because he and Seanie had been hoping to sign with Top Rank for some time.

Kavanagh also professed his “100% confidence in Seanie,” saying that he had watched the boxer “get more professional with every fight.”  Monaghan, who has many fans in Ireland and England, has stepped up to every challenge he has faced, stated Kavanagh.  He shows no signs of nervousness before a fight but laughs and jokes as he’s getting his hands wrapped.

“Seanie has an exciting style,” he said, “he comes to fight and he’s going to put show on!”

Seanie Monaghan took to the podium himself and expressed his gratitude and confidence.  He joked that the exciting style his manager ascribed to him probably

“means that I get hit a lot.”

groupBut, he remains unafraid and will stay aggressive.  He is willing to fight anyone and to face new challenges.

“This is my time to shine,” said Monaghan.

And, he seems poised to make the most of it. friars


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