Callum Johnson vs Sean Monaghan Preview March 9th
England’s Callum Johnson will be meeting Sean Monaghan of Mineola, New York in a 10-round light heavyweight bout at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York this Saturday, March 9th. The bout will be shown live in North America on DAZN and on Sky Sports in the UK. Johnson was stopped in the fourth round by Artur Beterbiev in a shot at the IBF Title last October while Monaghan dropped a 10-round unanimous decision to veteran Sullivan Barrera in November.
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Johnson vs Monaghan Betting Odds
- Sean Monaghan +475
- Callum Johnson -600
The 33-year-old Johnson hails from Boston, Lincolnshire and enters the contest with a record of 17-1 with 12 Kos. His only loss was against Beterbiev when he was outclassed and outgunned. He’s now facing a more suitable opponent for his talents in Monaghan. Johnson has boxed just 58 rounds since turning pro back in 2010. Before that he had a fine amateur career and won a gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Since turning pro he’s won the Commonwealth Boxing Council, and the British Light Heavyweight Titles.
As a pro, 12 of his 18 opponents have had losing records. Therefore, you may want to take Johnson’s perfect record and 12 Ko’s with a grain of salt. He appears to have power though with a current knockout ratio of 67 per cent and has a so-so chin to go with it. He’s just under six-feet-tall and has a 73-inch reach. Johnson had been brought along slowly as a pro before getting a shot at Beterbiev and he was in over his head. He’s got decent boxing skills and power, but isn’t really a legitimate title contender.
The veteran Monaghan is now 37 years old and his bout against Barrera was his first in a year. He enters the bout with a record of 29-2 along with 17 Kos. His other defeat came at the hands of Marcus Browne when he was stopped in the second round in July of 2017. He turned pro back in 2010 and has fought 161 rounds since then. He stands 5-feet-11-inches tall and has a reach of 72.5 inches, so he’s basically the same size as Johnson. Monaghan has shown slightly better than average power throughout his career with a current knockout ratio of 55 per cent.
Like Johnson, he hasn’t really faced the cream of the crop in the 175 lb division, but has beaten the likes of Donovan George, Fulgencio Zuniga, Elvir Muriqi and Matt Vanda. He stepped up in class against Browne and didn’t last very long, but did well to go the distance against Barrera. Monaghan has carved out a pretty good career as a journeyman boxer and has won some regional and minor titles along the way such as the WBC Continental Americas and WBO NABO Light Heavyweight straps. He’s got heart, but is now on the downside of his career.
This could be a fun fight to watch since both Monaghan and Johnson don’t mind brawling and they both have decent power with questionable chins. They both come to fight no matter how limited their skills may be and I think Johnson should do enough to pull out a win here on Saturday night. Johnson ‘s a bit younger and more powerful.
Play: Johnson -600 @ BetOnline.ag
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