As far as boxing careers go, Marcus Browne and Sean Monaghan have trod much different paths. Browne was an amateur standout–the 2012 United States amateur champion at light heavyweight and a member of the U.S. Olympic team during the same year. He turned professional in 2013 and 11 of his 19 professional bouts have been in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Indeed, the Barclays Center opened only two months before Browne made his debut. It is pretty obvious that the Staten Island native has been viewed as a potential hometown star for the arena since the arena began showing boxing cards.
So far Browne is 19-0 with 12 KOs. He knocked out former belt holder Gabriel Gampillo in September 2015 and hard-punching Thomas Williams last February. There is a good argument to rate him in the division’s top 10.
Monaghan was a bricklayer by trade and entered the professional boxing ranks after less than 20 amateur bouts. He started as a club fighter but had the talent and exciting style to crack the undercard on shows at Madison Square Garden, Boardwalk Hall and the MGM Grand at Foxwoods. I first learned about him when I saw him knock somebody out on the Nonito Donaire-Omar Narvaez card at the Garden’s small room back in 2011. He had a large show of support, even that early in his career.
He has kept winning since then. His record is now 28-0 with 17 KOs and on July 15, he’ll face his local rival, when he meets Browne at Nassau Coliseum.
Browne will represent a significant step up in competition for him–the only truly significant win on his resume is Donavan George, and George is no Marcus Browne.
Still, Monaghan has consistently defeated experienced journeymen and other club-level heroes. He deserves a turn in the spotlight against a contender like Browne.
Browne should win this fight for sure. But Monaghan will show up determined to cash in on his big break. And hardcore fans in the NYC area will have an exciting local rivalry to savor.