Thomas Oosthuizen's withdrawal left WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Juergen Braehmer without an opponent for his next title defense, but the latter is not short on options. According to Sauerland Promotions' Don Majeski, both Sean Monaghan and Erik Skoglund are on the shortlist to face Braehmer on March 19th.
A final decision should be made by the end of the day, at which point we will update this post.
Monaghan (26-0, 16 KO), a local favorite from Long Island, spent some time on truTV this year with wins over Cleiton Conceiçāo and Don George. The latter was the biggest of his career, making Braehmer a monumental step up for the thirty-four-year old.
Still, props to him for being willing to step into hostile territory against a legitimately elite light heavyweight.
Skoglund (24-0, 11 KO) is ten years younger than Monaghan and similarly untested, his best win coming over a forty-five-year-old Glen Johnson in December of 2014. He is ranked #3 by the IBF, two spaces above Monaghan, but the other sanctioning bodies have him below the New Yorker.
Either of these fights interest you?