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George and Monaghan hit the on-deck circle, hungry for home runs

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Photo credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Promotions

Photo credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Promotions

While the boxing world will have its eyes set on the Gennady Golovkin-David Lemieux fight this Saturday night in New York City, two hard-hitting light heavyweights could steal some thunder the night before.
Unbeaten Sean Monaghan will fight Donovan George this Friday at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, N.Y. The 10-round bout will top a ‘MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout’ telecast, which will air live on truTV at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m PT.
The fight may have flown under the radar due to the enormity of Golovkin-Lemieux taking place just across the East River at Madison Square Garden but Monaghan-George is, at the least, anticipated as a fun fight between two punchers who come forward. George will be a significant step-up in opposition from the fighters Monaghan has faced in recent fights.
Monaghan (25-0, 16 knockouts) has fought mostly on the East Coast, near and around his hometown of Long Beach, on Long Island, N.Y.
The 34-year-old Monaghan, who has fought under the Top Rank Promotions banner since Jan. of 2013, has wins over Matt Vanda and Elvir Muriqi.
In his last bout on June 13, Monaghan, who is ranked in the top 10 of all four major sanctioning bodies, stopped Fulgencio Zuniga in the ninth round at Madison Square Garden.
George (25-4-2, 22 KOs) has not fought since August of last year, when he won a 12-round unanimous decision over Dyah Ali Davis. The result of the fight was overturned to a no-contest after George failed a post-fight drug test.
A Chicago resident, George has stoppage wins over Cornelius White and Dionisio Miranda and did give current RING champion Adonis Stevenson problems in an IBF title eliminator before being stopped in the 12th round in Oct. of 2012.
The fight has received more press in recent days as both fighters have become more outspoken toward each other, especially with the Major League Baseball playoffs going on.
The Mets and Cubs could face each other in the National League Championship Series if the Mets defeat the Dodgers on Thursday night.
“I can tell you now that, on Friday night, in Brooklyn, my fists be playing T-ball with Donovan George’s head,” said Monaghan, who is rooting for his hometown Mets. “Some lucky fan in the cheap seats may catch it.”
George seemed to be more animated.
“I’m looking to mow down the heart of the batting order of Top Rank’s stable, beginning with ‘Irish Stew’ Seanie Monaghan, followed by Jesse ‘Out of Work’ Hart and Gilberto ‘Zero’ Ramirez,” said George, a Cubs fan. “I can’t wait to personally welcome that bush leaguer Monaghan to the Majors with my heater. Only what I throw will be more than just a brushback.”
Opening the truTV telecast will be a 10-round bout between welterweights Brad Solomon and Raymond Serrano. Solomon is signed to Top Rank, while Serrano has won his last three bouts.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since Oct. of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.