Monaghan Wants To Beat Muriqi at Barclays And Then Pascal Could Be Next

The stakes are pretty immense for Seanie Monaghan, who gloves up on June 14 at Barclays Center, on the card topped by a Ruslan Provodnikov-Chris Algieri fight, taking on vet Elvir Muriqi.

If he wins, the 21-0 (14 KOs) Long Islander is hoping to get a crack at one of the uppermost stars in his light heavyweight class, Montrealer Jean Pascal. But of course, the 29-year-old blue collar brawler tells me he isn’t looking past the perhaps faded but still competent Kosovarian, who boasts a 40-6 record (with 24 KOs).

“I guess Muriqi is a step up,” the 32-year-old hitter, who lives in Long Beach, and is promoted by Top Rank, tells me. “But I’m going to treat him just like I do all of my opponents, train like I’m fighting for a world title, and then tear him up.”

LOL, that sort of talk had me getting pumped up while I typed this up in my home office, my sofa. Monaghan said he’s heard chatter that Muriqi has lost a couple miles off his fastball, no big surprise, I guess, for the average 35-year-old.

“But I’m expecting him to bring his best and go out with a bang. If I don’t look impressive against him, I can forget any big money fights in Canada, or Germany. So I got to destroy this guy.”

Monaghan said the Pascal people contacted Top Rank about a September squareoff between Pascal and the Long Islander. “It’s a very strong possibility,” he said. “We’re also talking to Juergen Brahmer, but Top Rank doesn’t trust going to Germany, and he won’t fight anywhere else.” Braehmer holds the WBA 175 belt; the 35-2 german, aged 35, meets Roberto Bolonti (35-2) on June 7. Bolonti, on surface, has no business getting a title shot, but anyway…

“I like the matchup with Pascal; he fights in spurts, and tries to bully guys,” Monaghan continued. “I’m a big, strong light heavy and I’m always in shape, I’d beat him! Anyway, the crowd at Barclays on June 14 is going to enjoy the fight with Muriqi. I’m coming right at him…and he’s got Roy Jones training him.”

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COMMENTS

-The Commish :

Poor Elvir Muriqi. He is gonna' get mauled by the red-hot Monaghan. -Randy G.


-oubobcat :

Poor Elvir Muriqi. He is gonna' get mauled by the red-hot Monaghan. -Randy G.
Agreed, not a good match for Muriqi. He probably needs to hang up the gloves. Commish, it was nice meeting you last night at the fights in Buffalo. What did you think of the co-feature and main event? I thought we saw a couple very good close competitive fights. As a fan, could not ask for anything more. I had both fights dead even. The cruiserweight fight between Pantelic and Bissett I had 57-57 though no issues with Pantelic getting the nod from the judges as it was not an easy fight to score. And really enjoyed the Gonzalez-Ruiz bout, both guys are very good fighters. I thought Gonzalez won the first four rounds and Ruiz the final four. So I was in line with the judges ruling the bout a draw.


-The Commish :

It was nice meeting you, too, oubobcat. After the final fight, my wife & I were looking for you guys...wanted to take you out for a nightcap at the Hyatt next to the Convention Center, where I, along with the rest of the fighters, were staying. You disappeared, however. I enjoyed the fights, though I wish there were more fans in the seats. As for the main event, I had Ruiz winning by a narrow margin, though I can live with the draw verdict. Like you, I had Gonzales winning the early rounds, but gave the later rounds to Ruiz, who was pouring on some very effective pressure. Then there was the co-feature, a cruiserweight six-round rematch between Milos Pantelic and Mike Bissett. I'm sorry I missed their first fight, which took place back in February in Niagara. I hear it was an out-and-out war before ending in the 4th round. This rematch was also incredibly entertaining. Bissett made it even more interesting with a powerful finish, but it just fell short as the rugged Pantelic took the victory, upping his record to 8-0. Bissett is now an incredibly deceiving 5-6. The female bout was also entertaining. Both combatants are excellent athletes. Michele Cook played basketball, soccer and football before turning her fulltime attention to boxing. Alisah McPhee, a fulltime Middle School teacher, excelled at soccer, picking up two National MVP awards while in college. While I thought the taller, more elusive Cook did enough to take three of the four rounds, one of the judges scored it for McPhee, while the other two scored it a 38-38 draw. Soon after the fight, back at the Hyatt, I ran into McPhee, who asked me to critique her performance. I told her I thought she has some physical tools she didn't use. One of those those tools was her height disadvantage. Considerably shorter than Cook, McPhee elected to "fight tall," rather than bend, making Cook punch down. I told her she also spent too much time looking to find Cook's chin with punches, rather than concentrating on a body attack. Cook's body was hittable, I told her. Cook's head wasn't. Hopefully, schoolteacher McPhee learned a big lesson from this fight. The good thing about this competitive draw is that promoter Mercedes Vazquez Simmons is now looking towards a rematch. Again, it was great meeting you, even for a few moments. Will you be heading to Canastota, next week? If you are, I look forward to seeing you there. -Randy G.


-oubobcat :

It was nice meeting you, too, oubobcat. After the final fight, my wife & I were looking for you guys...wanted to take you out for a nightcap at the Hyatt next to the Convention Center, where I, along with the rest of the fighters, were staying. You disappeared, however. I enjoyed the fights, though I wish there were more fans in the seats. As for the main event, I had Ruiz winning by a narrow margin, though I can live with the draw verdict. Like you, I had Gonzales winning the early rounds, but gave the later rounds to Ruiz, who was pouring on some very effective pressure. Then there was the co-feature, a cruiserweight six-round rematch between Milos Pantelic and Mike Bissett. I'm sorry I missed their first fight, which took place back in February in Niagara. I hear it was an out-and-out war before ending in the 4th round. This rematch was also incredibly entertaining. Bissett made it even more interesting with a powerful finish, but it just fell short as the rugged Pantelic took the victory, upping his record to 8-0. Bissett is now an incredibly deceiving 5-6. The female bout was also entertaining. Both combatants are excellent athletes. Michele Cook played basketball, soccer and football before turning her fulltime attention to boxing. Alisah McPhee, a fulltime Middle School teacher, excelled at soccer, picking up two National MVP awards while in college. While I thought the taller, more elusive Cook did enough to take three of the four rounds, one of the judges scored it for McPhee, while the other two scored it a 38-38 draw. Soon after the fight, back at the Hyatt, I ran into McPhee, who asked me to critique her performance. I told her I thought she has some physical tools she didn't use. One of those those tools was her height disadvantage. Considerably shorter than Cook, McPhee elected to "fight tall," rather than bend, making Cook punch down. I told her she also spent too much time looking to find Cook's chin with punches, rather than concentrating on a body attack. Cook's body was hittable, I told her. Cook's head wasn't. Hopefully, schoolteacher McPhee learned a big lesson from this fight. The good thing about this competitive draw is that promoter Mercedes Vazquez Simmons is now looking towards a rematch. Again, it was great meeting you, even for a few moments. Will you be heading to Canastota, next week? If you are, I look forward to seeing you there. -Randy G.
After the final fight ended, we actually went to the corner where the fighters were headed out to meet some of the participants as they left the ring. I got to talk to Mike Ruiz and then meet Israel Vazquez which was a real honor. We were there for a little while and then noticed most of the convention center had cleared out. I hope the female fighters do have a rematch. That was a very solid competitive fight. I think your analysis of McPhee is dead on. She could have won that fight if she used her physical tools. As for Cook, I thought she was too mechanical at times and was thinking too much in the ring. They are both learning and I think if both really apply themselves to the sport can each have a real future. I will be up in Canastota next week but for an abbreviated period. I am coming up with my wife on Thursday afternoon and staying until mid-afternoon on Saturday. We have another wedding to attend in Buffalo so have to head out that way on Saturday afternoon and then have a function to attend to in Cleveland on Sunday. But want to experience as much of the weekend as I possibly can and then plan to be a regular for the full weekend in the coming years. I am definitely looking forward to it and look forward to seeing you up there as well.


-The Commish :

Will you be at the dinner on Friday at the Rusty Nail? Or at the fights at Turning Stone? I will be at both. I gave you my card. It has my cell # on it. Call me on Friday. We will be arriving around 4:00. If you lost the card (everybody loses business cards!), let me know here and I will inbox my # to you. Actually, I love this whole group. I oughta just put my cell # out there for everyone to have! Even El Dude! -Randy G.


-oubobcat :

We won't be at the Rusty Nail but are planning to go to the fights on Friday (hopefully not sold out, driving to Turning Stone Thursday to get tickets). Yes I still have your card. If I don't bump into you sometime earlier Friday will give you a call. I am really looking forward to this. This will be my second time in Canastota and first time ever for any portion of the Hall of Fame weekend. I hear its quite an experience and can't wait.


-deepwater2 :

I won't be at the rusty nail either or the fight card on Fri night but I will be at Turning Stone having dinner and playing black jack with the wife. I have to wake up early and do the 5k run. I will be at the cocktail gala and the dinner on Sat night though. I will PM my cell to you guys before this weekend. It would be nice to meet up and have a drink and a chat.