Earlier today, at New York City’s famed Jack Demsey’s Bar and Restaurant, DiBella Entertainment hosted the final press conference for their upcoming Broadway Boxing card this Thursday held at Roseland Ballroom. Gracing the presser was undefeated IBO super middleweight champion Thomas “Tommy Gun” Oosthuizen (19-0-1, 13 KOs), all the way from South Africa. He will square off against Florida’s Rowland Bryant (16-1, 11KOs) in a 12-round world title clash. Also present was “Irish” Seanie Monaghan (14-0, 9 KOs), of Long Beach, NY, who will look to keep his perfect record intact when he takes on the always-tough George Armenta (14-9, 11 KOs) in a 10-round light heavyweight co-feature bout. Undercard participants Floriano “L’Italiano” Pagliara (13-4-1, 7 KOs) and former New York amateur standout Zach Ochoa (1-0, 1KO) also attended.
Thomas Oosthuizen: We were working hard in training, Johnny Muller, Harold Volbrecht, everybody came together perfectly. I can’t complain about anything. We’re ready to fight. If you’ve trained as hard as I have, the actual fighting is the easy work, and I’m looking forward to the easy work on Thursday night. I just want to shine and show you people what I have and what I have in store for you.
Harold Volbrecht (Oosthuizen trainer): I would like to thank DiBella Entertainment for getting us on this big show. We’re taking this fight very seriously. We’ve been here in the States now for almost a month. We set up training camp in Pleasantville, New Jersey, and we brought very good sparring with us in Johnny Muller, a light heavyweight, a strong guy and good fighter. We had a tremendous training camp, Tommy’s weight is looking good now. Tommy is so talented. He’s improving with every fight. Every fighter fights different with different styles. He’s got good hand speed, good power, he’s the whole package. We’re ready to fight anybody in the world now. He’s an exciting fighter and the more fans see him on television, the more they’re going to want him and to see him.”
Seanie Monaghan: I want to thank DiBella Entertainment for putting me on again. Everyone keeps going back to my early days as a pro, but I’m really just getting started. I’m flying so high right now with my confidence and conditioning. It’s going to be a lot of fun in the ring on Thursday night because I am more than ready to take care of business and I am a completely different fighter now than I was even from the last fight. I had a long, hard training camp, in the heat, on the track. Here I am, I’m ready to go and Thursday night you’re going to see the new and improved Sean Monaghan.
Joe Higgins (Monaghan trainer): Some folks might consider Seanie a work in progress and that might have been true early on, he’s a fire-breathing prospect right now. It’s a testimony to his conditioning. As all trainers know, when a fighter makes your job easy, you can really get into a fighter’s head, so Sean, as a professional, trains three times a day half the week, and two times a day the other half of the week. He only receives one day off. From the last fight to this bout, he was given a month off. He took one week off, he said, ‘Let’s get back in the gym.’ He doesn’t want to miss one step of improvement. Show me one boxer in this New York area whose first fight to 14th fight who has improved as well as Sean has, I really don’t think there is one. We are purposely choosing opponents that are going to makes us work. We are not picking the guys who are looking to get knocked out because he’s got the power to knock guys right out. What good would that do us when he’s got things to work on? Sean has improved on those things and that’s what makes him a fire-breathing prospect. He will win impressively on Thursday night like he did in that last fight. I do believe it will be a stoppage, but we are prepared to go 10 full, hard rounds if need be. With Seanie Monaghan, you have the total package and I predict he will be a world champion.
Floriano Pagliara: Thank you to DiBella Entertainment for this opportunity. My life has definitely changed since coming to the United States and turning pro. My English is getting better. I’ve fought already three times this year and now I am so happy to have a great team around me. Thank you to Richie Komissar, Tommy Gallagher and DiBella Entertainment. I look forward in the near future to one day fight for the Italian championship.
Zach Ochoa: Thank you for coming out supporting us. I’m looking forward to Thursday and I want you guys to know that I am training real hard. I’ve been training hard since my pro debut. I’m staying in the gym, I’m ready to go, I’m ready to fight and I’m going to put on a great show for everybody.