Top Rank and truTV announced Thursday afternoon that the next edition of Friday Night Knockouts will feature a light heavyweight clash between unbeaten Seanie Monaghan and Donovan George. Set for Oct. 16 inside the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, it will air live on truTV starting at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
Opening the telecast will be a 10-round welterweight battle between Brad “King” Soloman (25-0, 9 KOs) and Raymond Serrano (21-2, 9 KOs).
Monaghan (25-0, 16 KOs) has looked superb thus far in his career and has become a big draw in his home state of New York. He’s torn apart several solid veterans recently including big wins over the likes of Elvir Muriqi, Joe McCreedy and Matt Vanda. He most recently fought in June ,when he stopped Fulgencio Zuniga in the ninth round.
“I'm taking this fight with Donovan George very seriously. I've never trained harder," said Monaghan. "Each of us has been in exciting fights and the winner moves on to big opportunities. We're both coming to win so expect fireworks right away."
George (25-4-2, 22 KOs) is a fan favorite in Chicago, but he’s been struggling as of late. He took on big name foes like Adonis Stevenson and Caleb Truax, but he was stopped by both. He also dropped a decision to Edwin Rodriguez. After knocking out veteran Troy Lowry in the sixth, his most recent battle -- originally a decision won over Dyah Davis -- was turned into a no contest when George failed a drug test.
”Monaghan is a very good fighter but I'm not coming to New York to lose. I'm coming back to Chicago with a victory and Monaghan's scalp," said George. "And when I get done with him I'm going back down the 168 pounds to take care of Jesse Hart but my first order of business is on Oct. 16."