Dan Rafael: Bradley-Marquez
October, 9, 2013
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com
Al Bello/Getty ImagesSean Monaghan will open Saturday's Bradley-Marquez PPV undercard against Anthony Caputo-Smith.Light heavyweight "Irish" Seanie Monaghan has been a staple on recent New York fight cards because he has a fan following and sells tickets. His fans love him because, while he might not be an elite contender, he is typically in a good scrap.
His fans buy tickets, cheer wildly for him and have a good time. Promoters, especially Top Rank, noticed and wanted him on their cards.
Eventually, Top Rank -- which saw the kind of ticket sales he generated for his fight on the Guillermo Rigondeaux-Nonito Donaire undercard at New York's Radio City Music Hall in April -- signed the 32-year-old from Long Beach, N.Y. For his first fight under contract, the company is giving him a huge platform -- a spot on the Timothy Bradley Jr.-Juan Manuel Marquez card on Saturday night (HBO PPV, 9 ET) at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
"One of the reasons we signed him is because he's the best ticket seller from New York and we're doing shows in New York and on the East Coast," said Top Rank matchmaker Brad "Abdul" Goodman. "But to Seanie's credit, he's ready to take it to that next level and he wants to fight in Nevada and other places, not just strictly in New York. It all starts on Saturday night. He knows how important it is and how much exposure he will get. But he's confident in the victory and that it will lead to better things."
Monaghan (18-0, 11 KOs) will face Anthony Caputo-Smith (14-1, 10 KOs) of Kenneth Square, Pa., in the opening bout of the pay-per-view. While the fight doesn't hold huge significance in boxing, it probably will be a fun fight, as most of Monaghan's are.
"I have seen a couple of Caputo-Smith's DVDs. He is going to get hit with something real hard," Monaghan said. "I am not going to try to knock him out but he will end up walking into something. He can't help himself. He's a big guy, so when I do hit him with something hard he is going to go down real hard. And make a lot of noise doing it."
One fight Monaghan would love someday -- granted, it's a long shot -- is against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who is also with Top Rank and fought near the light heavyweight limit when he blew weight for his fight last month against Bryan Vera.
"Is Chavez Jr. going to stay at light heavyweight? If so I would love to fight him before he eats himself up to cruiserweight," Monaghan said. "How about Vera? I'd love to fight him, too."
Monaghan said he expects many of his loyal fans from Long Island to make the trip to Las Vegas for Saturday's fight, one of the reasons Top Rank put him on the card.
"There are way more Long Beach Irish fans than I thought traveling to Las Vegas for this fight," said Monaghan, before making reference to The Wynn hotel, the host casino for the fight. "They are going to drink that place dry. Then eat all their food. That's a Wynn-win 'Seanario,' baby."