The fight will be Main Events’ first contribution to the whole endeavor.
Barrera (21-2, 14 KO) is coming off a one-sided loss to Dmitry Bivol, which snapped a very solid four-fight winning streak that featured wins over then-unbeaten Vyacheslav Shabranskyy and a red-hot Joe Smith Jr. I can forgive him a moderate step down against Monaghan (29-1, 17 KO), who was rather thoroughly stomped by Marcus Browne last year.
As an aside, I took a look at the rankings to see where Barrera and Monaghan stood. Only the WBC has them both in the top 15, where Monaghan is #6 and Barrera is #13. That puts Barrera behind both #12 Felix Valera, whom he beat decisively, and #7 Shabranskyy, whom he destroyed.
This is so stupid.
Barrera is consistently entertaining and has a habit of getting dropped, which means no fight is a gimme. Seems like a decent matchup for a free card.