Monaghan wins big in Vegas

Pro boxer clinches 12th knockout victory in HBO debut


Long Beach’s own pro boxer “Irish” Seanie Monaghan lived up to his promise of impressing the crowd in his Las Vegas debut last Saturday, when he defeated Anthony Caputo-Smith in the third round of a 10-round bout. The win marked the undefeated light heavyweight’s 12th knockout since he began his professional career in 2010, and he now boasts a 19-0 record.

Monaghan landed over 50 percent of his punches at the Thomas & Mack Center, his first fight to air live on HBO Pay Per View, as the undercard of the Timothy Bradley-Juan Manuel Marquez world welterweight title fight.

“[Caputo-Smith] had a good record, and I was a little bit nervous going into the fight because my mind was in a couple of different places — I didn’t want the fight to go too long, but at the same time I didn’t want to come out there and start brawling with him,” Monaghan said. “But once I get in the ring, I get unconfused and it comes naturally to me.”

Monaghan, who retains his WBC Continental Americas belt, said that a January fight at Madison Square Garden is in the works, and that he’s hoping for a shot at the world title.

“That’s where I’m at home, in the ring,” Monaghan said. “If you see how I’ve evolved, I feel I can go out there and outbox anybody right now — my skill is really becoming something that works for me in the ring.”