On September 21, Francisco Salazar of Ring Online reported that Top Rank had confirmed undefeated light heavyweight Sean Monaghan would face Don George on October 16 in Brooklyn. The fight will be broadcast on Tru TV. A native of Long Beach, Monagham should have strong crowd support.
At 34, Monaghan is way overdue for a step up in competition. He was already pulling noticiable-sized crowds to support him in the small room at Madison Square Garden back in 2011. He’s remained unbeaten, but the best opponent he has defeated was probably Elvir Muriqi, and beyond that, perhaps Matt Vanda. He’s won 16 of 25 by knockout and could draw good numbers in Madison Square Garden or the Barclays Center as an opponent in a title fight against somebody like Sergey Kovalev or Adonis Stevenson.
But first he needs to beat a guy who is at least a fringe contender. Enter Don George.
George is really more of a super middleweight, but he’s lost against very good light heavyweights like Stevenson and Edwin Rodriguez. He beat world-title challenger Osumanu Adama and handed Cornelius White his first loss, via Round 1 knockout. George has won 22 of 25 by KO, while losing four.
George lost to Caleb Truax in June 2013 and originally beat Dyah Davis in his last fight in August 2014, but that fight was changed to a No Contest due to a failed drug test.
Good for Top Rank for getting this fight onto cable television, because it’s could end up having some relevance in the light heavyweight division. If Monaghan can handle a veteran like George in an impressive manner, he could leave himself positioned for a big fight against a top name in the division.
If Monaghan wins this one, I’d like to see him in a Northeast showdown against Edwin Rodriguez of Massachusetts. Another good potential matchup for him would be Cuban Sullivan Barrera. I would put both Barrera and Monegham on the bubble for the top 20 at 175.