Sullivan Barrera defeats Seanie Monaghan – RESULTS
By Jim Dower: Light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (22-2, 14 KOs) looked good in beating Seanie Monaghan (29-2, 17 KOs) by a 10 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York.
The fight was highly competitive with both guys trading big shots for the full 10 rounds. Barrera had the better power of the two, and his punches were landing cleaner with more precision. Monaghan did a good job of getting out of the way of a lot of Barrera’s big power punches, but not enough for him to get the victory.
The judges scores were 98-92, 99-91, 99-91. Boxing News 24 scored it for the 36-year-old Barrera by the sore 98-92. Barrera Was just a little bit better than the 37-year-old Monaghan in every round.
Monaghan landed a lot of hard body shots, and left hooks to the head of Barrera. Monaghan fought a lot better than he had in his 2nd round knockout loss to Marcus Browne last year in July.
Barrera came into the fight having lost his last bout to WBA World light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol last March in a failed world title challenge. Barrera gave Bivol a good fight, but ultimately the Russian was too technical and had too much fire power for him.
Barrera is rated WBA #4, WBC #13. The victory will help Barrera get pushed up the rankings. Barrera is hoping to get another title shot. His best shot at getting another crack at a title is against Bivol. It’s not a good match-up for Barrera. He’s better off going after WBO champion Eleider Alvarez. That’s the most beatable of the champions.
Monahaghan’s loss will likely see him pushed down in the rankings. He’s currently rated WBO #11, IBF #12. Monaghan has lost two out of his last three fights since last year. At 37, Monaghan’s time is running out for a title shot. He needs to start winning if he wants to get a title shot against one of the belt holders.
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Undefeated heavyweight prospect Cassius Chaney (14-0, 8 KOs) defeated Santino Turnbow (4-3, 3 KOs) by a 4th round knockout. Surprisingly, Chaney was dropped in Chaney in the 2nd round. Chaney came back to score the stoppage two rounds later. The official time of the knockout was 1:04 of round 4.
Undefeated junior middleweight Ismael Villarreal (4-0, 1 KO) stopped Travis Nero (1-3) in the 1st round.