Seanie Monaghan and Brad Solomon kept their undefeated records intact with wins tonight on truTV's Friday Night Knockout in Brooklyn, but the stories of their fights are much more important than just the results.
Monaghan (26-0, 16 KO) beat Don George by wide decision on scores of 100-90, 100-90, and 99-91 in the light heavyweight main event. BLH had the fight 100-90 for Monaghan, as well. But this fight will not be remembered so much for Monaghan scoring a virtual shutout victory, as George (25-5-2, 22 KO) fought with an almost certainly re-broken right hand for the majority of the night, wincing in pain and refusing to stop throwing punches with the injured hand because he didn't want the fight to be stopped.
George, in fact, literally begged the ringside physician to allow him to continue after the fourth round. "Let me go out on my shield if I'm gonna go out," he pleaded. The doctor let it go on, but it seemed obvious that he, referee Eddie Claudio, and George's corner were all going to keep a close eye on things. If George gave anyone a reason to stop the fight, they probably would have.
Instead, he valiantly fought on, battling through every round. While Monaghan quietly dominated the action, George was there, looking to land a bomb left hook for a miracle rally, and using his right hand more than enough to keep anyone from ending it early against his will.
After the fight, an emotional George explained to Crystina Poncher why he didn't give up on the fight due to the injury.
"One day my kids are gonna watch this fight, and they're not gonna see daddy be a quitter, ever," he said. "I'm never gonna quit. I'll lose, but I'm not gonna quit. I'm never gonna stop trying. I love my kids, I love my wife. I don't quit for my family. He deserves to win, because he fought his ass off. Fuck the broken hand. He won fair and square."
For Monaghan, it's a solid win but a bit tainted, which is not his fault, and if anything is a bit of a downer for him in that he's not going to get full credit for this victory. His game plan, as always, was simple and effective, and he never allowed himself to get sloppy in there. He patiently pecked away at George with a variety of shots, and didn't let any of the emotion get the better of him.
In the co-feature, welterweight Solomon (26-0, 9 KO) defeated Ray Serrano (21-3, 9 KO) on unanimous decision scores of 100-90, 98-92, and 97-93. BLH had it 99-92 for Solomon in a fight where neither man really impressed. Solomon was certainly the better of the two, but it was a dull fight and Solomon just didn't stand out, which has been the same issue with him for a while.