Lightweight Jamie Kavanagh (14-0-1, 6 KOs) defeated Adolfo Landeros (22-31-2) by TKO at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, on Saturday night after the referee stopped the fight after the end of the third round.
Kavanagh, who was fighting on the undercard of the Marcos Maidana/Josésito López welterweight fight, had new trainer Joel Diaz in his corner for the first time, and he was happy with their debut.
"It was good, you know. I had all the people that I wanted in the corner,” Kavanagh told the Irish Voice.
“When Joel was speaking to me he was very calm, and he told the right things. He told me that I was boxing well but to shorten my punches, and that I was hurting him but I had to pick up the pace,” Kavanagh told the Irish Voice on Sunday.
"He [Landeros] was a tough durable guy. I knew he would take shots, so I thought I should go to the body, because the body shots really count.
“I hurt him a couple of times to the body and I shook him to the head in the first round. Joel wanted me to take my time and work low. My power must have stopped the kid, but I thought it would go another round.”
At the end of the third round, referee Tom Taylor decided that Landeros has taken enough punishment for one night and called a halt to proceedings.
Kavanagh went on to say the he spoke with Golden Body matchmaker Robert Diaz after the fight, and he said that Landeros said the Irishman’s punches were too much to handle.
Kavanagh will now take a week off, but he plans to get straight back to the gym to work with Joel Diaz. He is optimistic that he will fight again at the end of July/start of August.
“I will meet with Golden Boy or speak to them this week [to plan his next fight],” added the 22-year-old, who was satisfied with how the night went and is looking forward to more time working with his new trainer in Indio, California.
“He [Joel Diaz] told me, ‘Now that I have seen you fight, you hit hard but sometimes you try and make the punches hard.’ He told me to relax and let the punches go. There are things to work on, but I am looking forward to it.”
In other news, light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan has put pen to paper on a promotional contract with Top Rank. The 31-year-old has long said that the race for his signature was between Top Rank and DiBella Entertainment, and in the end, Monaghan decided to go with Bob Arum.
"It's an honor to sign with Top Rank. I have really improved and I know Top Rank will work hard to get me the big fights," said the Long Beach, Long Island native.
Top Rank CEO and founder Bob Arum said that Monaghan could next see action on a big card this fall.
"We are delighted that Seanie has decided to be promoted by Top Rank. He is a fan-friendly fighter who has a large and loyal fan base. We expect to showcase his talents on the televised undercard of the much anticipated Juan Manuel Márquez vs. Timothy Bradley pay-per-event on October 12 at the Thomas and Mack in Las Vegas," he said.
Monaghan was keen to sign with a promoter so he could get to the next stage of his career, as he needed that support to secure high profile TV fights that could open the door to bigger and better opportunities.
He has appeared on several Top Rank cards already, but now that he is officially part of the Top Rank stable the infrastructure is in place for him to fully realize his potential as a professional fighter.