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Monaghan Wants Braehmer



By Michael Woods

2-10-16 UPDATE: He got a fight. Ok, not the one he wanted but…

“I was hoping to get the big fight in Germany but it doesn’t seem like Braehmer wants to fight me, so I’m gonna keep on truckin, and I’m very excited to fight at MSG for the 8th time,” Seanie Monaghan told us. “It’s my favorite place to fight!”

And this is the benefit of staying gym ready. Monaghan got a fight, in just a few weeks. ????????


SATURDAY UPDATE: Seanie didn’t get it. Ed Gutknecht got the slot. And no, Monaghan’s not pleased. “I am disappointed but not surprised, Juergen Braehmer is not a world champion in my book. He hijacked that world title and hides in Germany. He should fight the best or give that belt up to a real warrior,” the Long Islander told me.

The rumor mill has 24-0 Erik Skoglund getting the Braehmer fight. His best wins are over Derek Edwards and Glen Johnson. Braehmer would be a heavy favorite.

The fighting pride of Long Beach, Long Island, NY Seanie Monaghan would like that slot, though. NYFIGHTS checked in with the Top Rank contender.

“I’m starving for a big fight, this Braehmer thing seems like a perfect opportunity and he better fight someone tough if he wants to be taken seriously as a world champion,” Monaghan said. “Mike, I’ve got a chip on my shoulder from the long wait for a big fight, and I’m tired of being criticized for not fighting top guys. It’s all fuel for the fire and I’m gonna destroy somebody! I want a big fight more than anyone, I don’t get to choose who I fight, I just have to go with the flow. I’m turning all this frustration into muscle, I’m in the gym every day, taking my frustrations out, waiting for that big phone call.”

WBA light heavy champ Juergen Braehmer needs a dance partner, after his March 12 foe, Tommy Oosthuizen, was pulled from the scrap for bad behavior.

The date needs to be filled, as the show will go on. The German Braehmer holds the WBA 175 crown and wants a sixth defense under his belt.

The South African pullout is accused by his trainer, now ex trainer, Harold Volbrecht, of being a bad boy. Partying, jail time, car crashes, the whole nine. Volbrecht had enough and told his promoter, Rodney Berman, that Tommy O is not in fighting form.

So who steps in? Maybe a certain NYFIGHTS advisory board member? NO, not Heather Hardy, fool!

We will keep you apprised…

The Sauerland crew is putting together the 3-12 tangle in Germany. Here is the release they sent out:

en ruled in no fit state to compete by promoter Rodney Berman, who is understandably disappointed with the recent turn of events.

“This is the final nail in the coffin – Tommy’s finished as a fighter,’’ said Berman. ‘’I can’t see him having another fight. The stark reality is he’s… beyond any help.

‘’Many people are angry and disappointed. I am duty-bound to inform the World Boxing Association of this situation, I can’t sweep this under the carpet. There are far more deserving boxers who should be rated.”

Promoter Kalle Sauerland is currently looking for a suitable replacement, with Braehmer still scheduled to defend his WBA World title on March 12 at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg.

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine,, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.