Seanie Monaghan calls out Kovalev and Brähmer

‘Irish’ Seanie Monaghan is ready to challenge for belts in the stacked light heavyweight decision. The New York 175lber currently holds continental honours with the WBC and wants to upgrade to world titles as soon as possible.

Monaghan spoke recently to Boxing-Kingdom about his rivals in the division as well as his future plans.

After his recent ninth round stoppage victory over Fulgencio Zuniga, Monaghan admits that “I can’t wait to mix it up with the top guys.”

“At the moment my confidence is sky high. I’ve worked extremely hard and made major improvements to all aspects of my game. I’m still learning and getting better each day, but it’s time to make the step up and swim with the sharks.”

“You can’t tell me the guys Adonis Stevenson is fighting are more deserving of a shot then me?”

The all-action slugger wants these ‘top guys’ immediately and believes that he is worthy of a title shot. Monaghan revealed that “we are looking for a big name opponent next and hopefully a world title shot.”

“I’m 25 and 0 and I’m ranked in the top 10 by all major sanctioning bodies.”

“We’re exploring all options right now but a big fight is hopefully just around the corner.”

WBA ‘regular’ champion, Jürgen Brähmer, is a potential opponent with Monaghan explaining that “I’m ranked top 5 in the WBA and we’re still trying to get Brähmer in the ring.” However, the 33 year old believes that “he doesn’t want to fight me at the moment.”

Monaghan was also asked about the divisions top dog, Sergey Kovalev, who holds the WBA, WBO, and IBF titles. The confident American of Navan heritage believes that “Kovalev is the top dog in the light heavyweight division right now, hands down. I would love to fight him.”

“I want to be considered a great fighter one day and I’m gonna have to get in the ring with monsters like him to make my name.”

Joe O'Neill

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