By:|Patricia Prevot:|4.0 Sports Media
Light heavyweight Sullivan Barrera (22-2, 14 KOs) had unanimous decision victory over Seanie Monaghan (29-2, 17 KOs) Saturday at The Aviator Sports Center.
The three judges scored the main event fight 99-91 on two of the scorecards, and 98-92 on the third.
The fight was very competitive from round 1 with both fighters exchanging big shots for the whole fight. Barrera started out slow but began doubled up on punches as the progressed. His left hook and jab was effective which kept the “Irish” Monaghan at bay. The Cuban fighter landed double the number of power shots as Monaghan, 144 punches of 392 thrown (36.7 percent) to 72 of 249 power punches (28.9 percent) for Monaghan.
“He was a strong guy. I told the guys before the fight, he’s a tough light heavyweight. My coach and I, we know it’s no easy fight.” Barrera said after the fight.
Sullivan also said he would have liked to the knockout, and thought he had a chance in the later rounds but Monaghan kept coming and counter punching the hard-hitting Barrera.
“I know his face, he was a little bit tired. I tried to knock him out, but he’s a strong guy,” said Barrera. He said being inactive since last March due to injury made it a more arduous fight then he figured.
Barrera was just a little better as the fight developed. Even though Sullivan looked a little rusty at times, he kept Monaghan off balance with the jab in the latter rounds.
Monaghan landed a lot of hard body shots and left hooks to the head of Barrera. Seanie fought a lot better than he had in his 2nd round knockout loss to Marcus Browne last year.
Barrera is rated WBA #4, WBC #13. The victory will help Sullivan move up in the rankings. Barrera is hoping to get another title shot. His best shot at getting another crack at a title is against Dmitry Bivol who he lost last March at the Garden.
Monaghan’s loss will likely see him drop in the rankings. He’s currently rated WBO #11, IBF #12. Seanie has lost two out of his last three fights since last year. At 37, Monaghan’s time is running out for a legitimate title shot.
In the co-main event, super middleweight Denis “Momma Boy” Douglin (22-6, 13 KOs) of Brooklyn defeated Saul Roman of Culiacan, Mexico (43-12, 35 KOs) by a 6th round knockout. Douglin, 30, dropped Roman three times in the fight in putting him down in the 3rd, 5th and 6th. Douglin landed 246 of 783 punches in the six rounds against just 87 of 458 punches (19% connect rate) for Roman. It was TKO win at 2:53 of round 6.
“I give myself a C-plus. I got the win, that’s the most important thing. I’ll be back in the gym on Monday.” Douglin said after his win.
Undefeated heavyweight Cassius Chaney of New London, Connecticut (14-0, 8 KOs) defeated Santino Turnbow of Cincinnati, Ohio (4-3, 3 KOs) by a 4th round knockout. Santino dropped in Chaney in the 2nd round by a short left hook. Chaney regained his composure and finished Turnbow two rounds later. The official time of the knockout was 1:04 of round 4.
“I’ve just got to stop overthinking a little bit and let my punches flow like my trainers are telling me. Chaney said he never saw the punch that dropped him.” Chaney said after the fight.
Undefeated junior middleweight Ismael Villarreal of the Bronx (4-0, 1 KO) knocked out Travis Nero of Norman, Oklahoma (1-3) 43 seconds in the 1st round.
“It was a, performance, who thanked everyone who came to see him. It feels great to have this opportunity to perform here in Brooklyn. For me to fight on my fourth fight and have it live, have people watching me from my house, it’s a great opportunity.” Villarreal said.