By Keith Idec
Sean Monaghan will help open the renovated Nassau Coliseum after all.
BoxingScene.com has learned that the popular light heavyweight contender from Long Island has agreed to fight Staten Island’s Marcus Browne (19-0, 14 KOs) on July 15 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The light heavyweight bout between the unbeaten light heavyweights will be part of a prime-time telecast on FOX.
The main event of the tripleheader will be a welterweight fight that’ll match former four-division title-holder Robert Guerrero (33-5-1, 18 KOs, 2 NC) against Omar Figueroa (26-0-1, 18 KOs). The third televised fight will pit Polish heavyweights Artur Szpilka (20-2, 15 KOs) and Adam Kownacki (15-0, 12 KOs) against one another.
"Both me and Omar Figueroa like to bang on the inside, which should make for great entertainment, but Omar is going to find out on July 15 that he's facing a man who has his back against the wall and is going to leave everything in the ring," said Guerrero. "I'm going to give the millions who'll be watching on FOX and FOX Deportes a fight to remember. This is going to be a classic Mexican war and I'm coming out on top."
The 35-year-old Monaghan (28-0, 17 KOs), of Long Beach, New York, had hoped to face WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson at Nassau Coliseum, either on April 29 or this Saturday (May 27). Negotiations never led to a deal, however, and Canada’s Stevenson (28-1, 23 KOs) instead agreed to defend his title against Poland’s Andrzej Fonfara (29-4, 17 KOs, 1 NC) in a rematch June 3 at Bell Centre in Montreal.
"It is a dream come true to be fighting at the Coliseum, which is literally right next to the track where I run every day," said Monaghan. "It is an honor to represent Long Island in the first boxing event held at this venue in 31 years. I've been waiting for an opportunity like this for a long time, and I feel that this bout will bring a new chapter in my career. I have a lot of respect for Marcus Browne, but let the best man win. On July 15, I am putting everything on the line."
This FOX tripleheader is likely to be officially announced later today.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.