Sean Monaghan calls out Adonis Stevenson
Hope entered the building days ago when word dropped that impresarios Bob Arum, the Brooklyn-born dealmaker who went from Harvard Law to the boxing boardrooms in 1966 and now reigns as the top dog in the realm, and ex-music man Al Haymon, also a Harvard man turned boxing guy, have smoked a peace pipe together.
Arum had targeted Haymon, the boss of the Premier Boxing Champions brand, last year and charged that he’d been trying to illegally monopolize the sport. Rounds of court action ensued but before all got deeper into the weeds, the parties settled.
That news has given an optimism surge to some fighters in some weight divisions which have been hit by this acrimonious political and personal divide. Maybe now Arum and Haymon can get onto the same page and make some previously impossible matches happen.
One hopeful pugilist is Long Island light heavyweight Sean Monaghan. “Mr. Arum and Mr. Haymon made peace,” Monaghan said. “Now how about we celebrate, with me and Adonis Stevenson having a war? I want his WBC belt. I haven’t been impressed with his last few fights and my style would beat him.”
Monaghan is 27-0 with 17 KOs and has been wanting a step-up fight badly. Stevenson, age 38, holds a 27-1 (22 KOs) record. He meets Thomas Williams next, on July 16.
The 34-year-old Monaghan, with no next bout currently set, is ranked No. 8 by the WBC. He continued: “There should be no reason this fight can’t be made now. I’ll do it in Canada, MSG, Barclays, Vegas, wherever they want.”
Readers, what other bouts might now be possible that peace between Arum and Haymon appears to be in the air?