2006-03-03 / Sports

Irish Ropes’ Monaghan Defeated at Golden Gloves

By Elio Velez

Sean Monaghan believed he was ready to step into the ring at the Copacabana last Wednesday night and give a good showing at the latest round of the Golden Gloves.

Instead of coming out strong, the light heavyweight fighter from the Irish Ropes Boxing Club did not show the high energy that he brought to his previous wins. His opponent, Austin Kitt of the Freeport PAL, took quick advantage and defeated Monaghan in a second round TKO.

The 22 year old Monaghan was sluggish at first and was countered by a Kitt right hand that led to the first standing eight count knockdown.

Monaghan appeared to recover in the second round and landed two of his best right hands of the night to the head of Kitt. But as Monaghan leaned forward, Kitt countered with a left hand to the jaw. The punch once again stumbled the 22 year old and the referee called for another standing eight count.

Though Monaghan seemed to be ready to continue the fight, the referee saw things differently and ended the bout at the 1:48 mark of the second round.

Karl LeShore, Monagahn’s trainer, saw a vastly different fighter from the one he’s seen in previous fights and in sparring. “His energy level seemed to be a bit low. He was working hard and he was dead on in training. At the beginning of his attack, he wasn’t throwing the jab and I was surprised at that,” LesShore said.

“He’s not wild. He’s usually energetic. He can throw the jab and throw 5 to 6 punch combinations

Monaghan, who was battling against his former training boxing gym, was at a loss of words for his performance. Though he said there was no nervousness on his part, Monaghan was disappointed at the outcome.

“I never fight like that. I don’t know what happened.” Light welterweight novice Darius Vinson came out like a house on fire in his fight against Chris Crespo on February 28 at St. Catherine’s Church in Franklin Square.

But the huge flame that was present in the first round slowly died out for Vinson as Crespo recovered to win in a four round decision.

The 17 year old Vinson was eliminated from the competition and only lightweight Robert “B.J.” Rucker and heavyweights Luis Torres and Gary Styles remain fighting for the Irish Ropes Boxing Club. Torres and Styles will fight in separate matches on Tuesday at Monsignor Farrell High School in Staten Island.

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