Light heavyweight contender Seanie Monaghan has decided to call it a career.
The New York native made the decision official when he wrote a lengthy statement on Facebook. Smith stated that he had met with his coach and that he made the choice to hang up his gloves.
Below is the entire Facebook post Monaghan put up online announcing his retirement.
Met with Coach Joe and we decided I’m going to Officially retire from boxing. This sport and the people I’ve met along the way have changed my life drastically for the better. The life lessons I’ve learned from Joseph Higginswill hopefully carry me a long way in the next chapters of life. I met Coach Joe as a 20 year old Long Beach Wombat with no life plans, no direction, just a wild party animal, street fighter. He instilled in me his military style, no excuses fortitude and mental toughness. There were times we were on the track at 6:30 am when it was 8 degrees out and times we did plyos outside in 100 degrees! No excuses, we got it done, “Dues Paid” he’d always say afterwords! I got ranked top 5 on the planet, met a Bunch of my idols, fought all over the place from MSG 7x, Barclays, Vegas, AC even Omaha! Undefeated for my first 28 fights, retired 29 and 3! We did some big things! Joe is like a father to me and we’re family now. My Manager PJ did an Incredible job like he does with All his business ventures. I’d also like to thank (and apologize) to my mother, my Wife, my sister and Everyone in my family for taking this ride with me. I know it wasn’t easy to watch. None of this would have been possible without all the support from every one of you guys out there! Not everyone is lucky enough to have a support system like I did! Filling up busloads of maniacs from Long Beach spread into meeting boxing fans who came from Canada to see me fight! At least once a day I’ll bump into somebody who knows me from boxing. It’s a great feeling that I will always cherish. Once the weather gets nicer I’ll make another announcement, it’s only right we finish this thing off with a big party in LB!
Monaghan retires after a pro career that started in 2010. Monaghan won his first 28 pro bouts, winning the WBC Continental Americas and WBO-NABO light heavyweight titles during that win streak. Monaghan's streak ended with a loss against current interim WBA light heavyweight champion Marcus Browne in 2017.
After that loss, Monaghan rebounded with a win against Evert Bravo last year, but would go on to lose his next two fights, his final two bouts, against former title challengers Sullivan Barrera and Callum Johnson. The 37-year-old Monaghan retires with a 29-3 record with 17 of those wins coming by knockout.