Sean Monaghan is a promotional free agent, he says
Undefeated light heavyweight Sean Monaghan is in the midst of renegotiating his contract with Top Rank that could put him on the Dec. 10 Terence Crawford undercard after his deal with the promotional powerhouse expired on Oct. 12, he told RingTV.com on Monday.
Another part of the discussion with Top Rank, he said, is making a deal to face WBO No. 2-rated Dominic Boesel (23-0, 8 knockouts) as part of the WBO’s decree for the No. 2 and No. 3 fighters (Monaghan is No. 3 in the WBO) to meet. The winner could then get a crack at whomever emerges between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev for the WBO/WBA/IBF light heavyweight titles on Nov. 19. Ward is the WBO’s No. 1 rated fighter.
While Monaghan (27-0, 17 KOs) is currently a promotional free agent and has received interest from other promoters, he says he’s leaning toward re-signing with Top Rank and is hopeful a deal can be hammered out in the next few days. An official from Top Rank declined comment when reached to discuss the status of his contract.
“We’re just trying to weigh all of our options right now,” Monaghan said in a phone interview. “Right now, there’s talk where I might have a tune-up fight on the Terence Crawford (vs. John Molina Jr.) undercard and then they’re trying to (make the fight with Germany’s Boesel). We’re trying to put it all together now.”
Long Island’s Monaghan, 35, hasn’t fought since he stopped Janne Forsman in the fifth round on Feb. 27 at Madison Square Garden on the undercard of Crawford’s thumping of Hank Lundy. Since then, he has been in talks to face both Andre Ward and Bernard Hopkins in 2016 only to be bypassed for other opponents.
“Sean is taking it very seriously that he may be re-signing with Top Rank and fighting possibly on the Dec. 10 undercard with Terence Crawford in Omaha, just a stay-busy fight,” said Joe Higgins, who trains Monaghan. “I’m pretty sure it’s going to happen and hopefully he gets a big name after that. Maybe he can even fight the winner of Kovalev and Ward.”
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