Typical Irish brawler.
Fights fan friendly. Lacks polish.
Sells lots of tickets and beer.
That was the scouting report on Seanie Monaghan, a light heavyweight out of Long Beach, Long Island, a year or so ago.
Slowly, surely, the 31-year-old has shifted perceptions of the many people, who are now inclined to see him as a fighter who just may be able to transcend the labels. Monaghan (15-0, 10 KOs) fights Wednesday night at Roseland Ballroom in NYC, against 22-17-2 Pennsylvanian Rayco "War" Saunders, on a card promoted by Lou DiBella.
This is the fifth time Monaghan is gloving up in 2012. He and his trainer, Joe Higgins, want a TV slot, on an ESPN or ShoBox show in the near future. They think he has just about earned it, and is the sort of prospect who deserves it.
"I want to thank DiBella Entertainment for putting me on again," Monaghan said at a Monday presser at Jack Demsey's in midtown. "I worked very hard for this fight. Whenever I step into the ring, I'm fighting my opponent. But I'm also fighting stereotypes that I'm just a brawler. I can always pull out that card too. But I'm going to win this fight by boxing."
Higgins, the boxer's biggest booster, weighed in. "Seanie is a true professional," he said. "He never complains. He does everything we ask him to do. He's not just the prototypical Irish brawler either. He's boxing now and improving his skills. He's put the bricklaying job on the side and is a fulltime professional boxer now. I'm confident that Seanie will end the matter inside the distance. I think we're going to have a lot of Irish in the room. I believe the nation is ready for Seanie Monaghan and will be clamoring to see him on live national TV."