Seanie Monaghan will headline Top Rank's October 16 return to truTV, facing Don George in a light heavyweight main event from Brooklyn's Aviator Sports Complex, with welterweights Brad Solomon and Raymond Serrano set for the welterweight co-feature. Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds.
Monaghan (25-0, 16 KO) is a fan favorite in New York and New Jersey, where the 34-year-old has become a solid draw in undercard positions. In a main event TV slot, he says he's preparing better than ever, and expecting an exciting night.
"I'm taking this fight with Donovan George very seriously. I've never trained harder," said Monaghan. "Each of us has been in exciting fights and the winner moves on to big opportunities. We're both coming to win so expect fireworks right away."
George (25-4-2, 22 KO) is a 30-year-old fringe contender sort from Chicago, and is 3-3-1 with a no-contest in his last eight bouts, dating back to 2012. He's really never in a bad fight. In his last outing on August 23, 2014, he beat Dyah Davis by decision, which was later ruled a no-contest when George failed a drug test. His promoter claimed that he was taking an anti-inflammatory medication for a hand injury, but that the fighter forgot to check the box in regard to prescription medications.
"Monaghan is a very good fighter but I'm not coming to New York to lose," George said. "I'm coming back to Chicago with a victory and Monaghan's scalp. And when I get done with him I'm going back down to 168 pounds to take care of Jesse Hart, but my first order of business is on October 16 on truTV. It's going to be a great night."
Top Rank's Carl Moretti expects an early end to the fight, one way or the other.
"The only thing going the distance in the main event will be the ring entrances," said Moretti. "If the victory by knockout percentages for Seanie and Donovan are any indication, you can bet that the fans are in for an action-packed fight!"
Solomon (25-0, 9 KO) is a talented welterweight whose career has stalled the past couple of years, after he seemed to be on the verge of breaking through as a contender. His last fight came on May 2, where he edged out tough gatekepeer Adrian Granados via split decision on the Mayweather-Pacquiao undercard. The 32-year-old Louisiana fighter is looking to get his career moving, and with potential slots open in 2016 against some of Top Rank's bigger names at welterweight, the timing could be really beneficial to him.
Serrano (21-2, 9 KO) has won three straight fights since a pair of defeats against Karim Mayfield and Emmanuel Taylor in 2012-13, both by stoppage. The 26-year-old Philly native last fought on February 27, beating Jeremy Bryan.