This coming Saturday former Light Heavyweight title challenger Sullivan Barrera (21-2, 14 KOs) will be looking to show that he’s got a lot left in the tank when he takes on contender Seanie Monaghan (29-1, 17 KOs).
With so many big-name fighters receiving so much buzz and attention it’s understandable to see why this matchup has flown under the radar.
The division that both of these men compete in is currently stacked. It’s safe to say that a loss for either would be devastating at this point in their careers.
What’s at stake for both men you might ask?
For Monaghan, this is his chance to place himself on the map and prove that last years devastating second-round knockout loss to contender Marcus Browne (22-0, 16 KOs) was just a fluke. A win over a highly-ranked opponent like Barrera will place him in line to finally get his chance at a title shot.
As for Barrera, he’s had his share of big fights and opportunities. He took on recently retired and future hall of famer Andre Ward and lost by a lopsided decision two years ago. Last year he managed to grab himself a big fight against current WBA champion Dmitry Bivol (14-0, 11 KOs). He took a beating in that fight before ultimately being stopped in the final round for the first time in his career.
A win over Monaghan won’t place him back into title contention, but a loss will send him tumbling backwards.
It’s an interesting clash of styles as both like to come forward. Barrera on the other hand has a few more layers to his game. He also seems to have a bit more power than Managhan, despite having less KOs on his resume.
Skill wise this matchup is a bit closer than one would think. Barrera is the better overall boxer, but his boxing ability isn’t otherworldly.
The possible major chink in Monaghan’s armor might just be his lack of punch resistance. Sure he’s only been stopped by one man but as mentioned before Barrera can really crack when given the opportunity.
It’ll be interesting to see how this will play out. Barrera is the favorite as he should be, but Monaghan will have the hometown fans behind him.
It should be a good contest and one that should receive a bit more spotlight.
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