Seanie Monaghan wins convincingly against Anthony Pietrantonio at MSG
WaMu Theater plays host to Monaghan - Pietrantonio fight
Light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan (10-0, 6 KOs,) defeated Anthony Pietrantonio (7-8, 6 KOs) by fifth round TKO at the WaMu Theater in Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.
Entering the ring to an Irish medley that included songs like “The Rising of the Moon” and “Sean South From Garryowen,” Monaghan, clad in green, looked ready for action.
The tattooed and red-trunked Pietrantonio was waiting for him and the two fought a very close first round, with Pietrantonio marking up the Irish American's face with left hooks. Monaghan came back into the round later on with a few powerful overhand rights, but he lost the first stanza on two of the three judges’ scorecards.
Monaghan shook off his sluggish start in the second round and connected mid-way through with a left hook that had his opponent reeling in the neutral corner. A slew of punches had Pietrantonio staggering, and the exchange turned the fight in the Long Islander’s favor.
The theme would continue for the next few rounds, with Monaghan totally in control of proceedings and beating his opponent up.
Pietrantonio lacked nothing in heart, but he went into survival mode very early and shipped a tremendous amount of punishment throughout the contest.
The one-sided battering continued into the fifth round, with Pietrantonio spitting out his gum shield to try and get some respite. Late in the round, Monaghan connected with another good right that had his opponent hurt again.
A further barrage of right hands finally convinced referee Eddie Claudio to call a halt to the fight with 2:51 gone in the round.
“He gave me a harder time than I thought he would,” Monaghan told the Irish Voice on Monday night.
Monaghan wasn’t too impressed with his own performance immediately after the contest, but once he looked at tape of the fight on Monday he changed his mind.
“I watched the video and I was a lot happier after it. I thought my defense looked a lot better, and I moved my head a lot more,” he said.
Apart from a black eye, Monaghan emerged from the fight unscathed, and he hopes to be back in action either on the Margarito/Cotto undercard on December 3 at MSG or the undercard of Matthew Macklin’s December fight.
Monaghan also revealed that the management team of Irish light heavyweight champion Ciaran Healy contacted his team and wants to set up a title showdown around St. Patrick’s Day in New York.
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