Barrera & Monaghan Media Workouts
Sullivan Barrera (21-2, 14 KOs) and "Irish" Seanie Monaghan
(29-1, 17 KOs) hosted open media workouts on Friday, October
19, in advance of their upcoming main event at The Aviator
Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, NY on Saturday,
November 3, 2018.
Below please find quotes from both fighters and their
trainers from Friday's event.
Quotes from Sullivan Barrera:
Photo: Roberto Illanes - Main Events
"I always come to fight. Every fight leaves a lesson. I
took many lessons from the fight against (Dmitry) Bivol.
I saw opportunities I did not take."
"Come November 3rd, I will not allow any opportunity to
slip, and capitalize on his mistakes. Derik (Santos,
Barrera's trainer) and I worked on all those details."
Quotes from Seanie Monaghan:
Photo: Chris Hamlet - Main Events
"Even though it was a long layoff, it has still been a
productive year. I got a lot better just being in the
gym all this time and working this whole time."
"I didn't even realize it. I did an interview with
someone recently, and I realized I have been boxing for
17 years. Seventeen years is a long time. I have been in
the gym a long time and every time I go there, I just
try to get in the best shape possible.
"I have boxing skills. I use them in the gym all the
time, but when I get in the fight, I always feel
compelled to go brawl. There is another way to do
things. I am smart enough. I am trying to box more and
get hit a little bit less. I have reached a new level of
"This fight is do or die for both of us. We both know
what time it is. Me and Barrera have been talking trash
to each other on Twitter for a while. We both respect
each other but it is going to be two dogs with one piece
of meat. I've got to feed my kids and he does too, so
may the best man win."
"I work out with a good group of young amateurs, and
they keep me young. They challenge me in the sprints and
"We handled it the right way, I took my foot off the gas
so, I wouldn't over train. I'm in the best shape of my
life, I know I say that at every camp, but this is
legitimate, I've been legitimate. For months and months
in preparing and it's the best possible version of me
there ever been."
"Barrera is the man. He's probably the most dangerous
guy right below world champion level there is. His only
two losses were to world champions, and he took them to
deep water and gave them a hard time."
"This is a giant test for me, and it's do or die for
both of our careers. The winner moves on to big things
and the loser, you know it's not looking good for them.
We're both in the same boat and we're both looking for
the same thing, so it's going to be a battle."
"I always expect the best version of whoever I'm
fighting. I've learned through experience that when you
watch a guy on tape and sometimes fight them, they don't
do what they did on the tape, and do something
different. I've seen (Barrera) in a lot of fights. I've
seen him hang tough with tough guys, and he's as game as
they come. As hard as you want to fight he'll fight you
back that hard, and he'll get dropped and get up and
fight even harder."
"I'm mentally prepared for the long haul, mentally and
physically I am ready to do whatever it takes and to dig
as deep as I have to."
Quotes from P.J. Kavanaugh, Monaghan's Manager:
"Seanie knows he has a tough fight, he's digging down
deep and putting in a little extra. He started training
camp way back. He's faster on the track, he's getting
extra rounds sparring. He's in the best shape I've ever
"We're working on some combinations for Barrera. Some
things we think might work with him. They both like to
come and fight."
"Seanie knows how important it is for both of them. Like
the poster says, it's a high stakes fight. The winner
moves on. The loser has a tough road."
"He has the same hunger at this stage of his career he
always has. He comes to fight."
"We're going to have a great atmosphere, a great time.
He loves the home town crowd. He loves staying in his
bed at night, being at home with his wife and kids."
"Overall, Seanie has a reputation of being tough. He'll
brawl. In this camp, we've seen a lot more of his boxing
skills. There's definitely a wisdom about it."
"We are very excited about Facebook live streaming this.
It's great for the sport. You'll have people watching
this worldwide. Seanie has a tremendous following in