Bicep curl lifts Monaghan to 20-0

January, 25, 2014
Long Island's Sean Monaghan was getting warmed up, lubing up the joints and tendons, when foe Matt Vanda's left bicep curled up. He grimaced and walked to his corner; the ref checked it out, saw the swelling and pulled the plug on the light-heavyweight tussle in Round 1 at the Madison Square Garden Theater on Saturday night.

The Long Beach-based boxer went to 20-0 with the stoppage, and Vanda, out of Minnesota, dropped to 45-16.

Monaghan, who knows and employs only one gear -- forward, furiously -- was backing up Vanda when the left bicep rebelled.

The time of the ending for this attraction, which deflated a goodly portion of the customers who were there to see their Seanie, was 2:51 elapsed.
Michael Woods, a member of the board of the Boxing Writers Association of America, has been covering boxing since 1991. He writes about boxing for ESPN The Magazine and is the news editor for



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