|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Reach||78 in (198 cm)|
May 26, 1971 |
Greenville, North Carolina
|Wins by KO||20|
Monte Barrett (born May 26, 1971) is an semi-retired American professional heavyweight boxer. He is a former WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight champion and former WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight and WBO Oriental Heavyweight champion. Barrett fought many top heavyweight fighters during his career, winning against several.
Amateur and professional career
Barrett's record as an amateur included 37 wins and 3 losses. As a professional, Barrett had 21 consecutive wins before losing against Lance Whitaker on August 28, 1998. He won a heavyweight title (albeit a regional one) later. Barrett fought Phil Jackson for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title on April 3, 1999. On July 15, 2000, Barrett rose 5 times against future International Boxing Federation heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, but ultimately was knocked out after 3 knockdowns in the 7th round. He also fought contender Joe Mesi in a fight that saw both fighters go down but one in which, ultimately, Mesi prevailed by ten round majority decision. Barrett defeated prospects Dominick Guinn and Owen Beck, the latter in an elimination bout for a shot at either the IBF title (then held by Chris Byrd) or the WBC title (then held by Vitali Klitschko). After Klitschko injured his back, Barrett fought Hasim Rahman for the WBC interim title and lost by unanimous decision after 12 rounds.
Despite his loss, he fought World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev in October at Rosemont, Illinois. Barrett lost via technical knockout in the 11th round. Barrett was knocked down in the eighth and eleventh rounds, but managed to get up. After being knocked down for the second time in the eleventh round, his trainer, James Ali Basheer, jumped into the ring to stop the fight.
Barrett was beaten in the second round in a July 2007 bout against Cliff Couser. Barrett avenged this loss in a December 2007 rematch in which he stopped Couser in the second round. After knocking out Damon Reed, Barrett knocked out Tye Fields in the first round on June 28, 2008, his last win.
Barrett lost to former cruiserweight champion David Haye (who was also the promoter of the fight) on November 15, 2008, at the O2 arena in London, by knockout at 1;28 fifth round, after being put down five times in the fight. Haye then beat Nicolai Valuev, who had beaten Monte by an eleventh round stoppage in October 2006, to win the WBA's share of the world heavyweight title.
On July 17, 2010 Barrett drew against David Tua in his final fight. Tua dominated the early rounds through aggression, but Barrett took control in the later rounds and scored a knockdown in the 12th (knocking down Tua for the first time in his professional career). The bout resulted in a controversial draw (as a point was also deducted from Tua in round 12 for throwing Barrett to the canvas) with two judges scoring the fight 113-113 and the third a 115-111 result to Tua. On August 7, 2010, appearing ringside at a fight card at Aviator Arena in Brooklyn, New York, in a brief interview, Barrett confirmed his retirement from the ring and his intention to take a job offered to him in private industry. On August 21, 2010, Barrett entered the ring at The Prudential Center in Newark after IBF International heavyweight champion Tomas Adamek won a decision over Michael Grant. Seeking to come out of retirement, Barrett congratulated and challenged Adamek to a 12 round bout. However, after fighting to an eight round draw in Virginia with Charles Davis in January 2011, Barrett began training for a rematch with David Tua which was held in New Zealand. On August 13, 2011, Barrett defeated Tua via unanimous decision and won the WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental Heavyweight titles. In December 2011, it emerged Monte Barrett tested positive for banned stimulant methylhex-anemine following a urine test after his 13 August points decision over the Kiwi-Samoan boxer. Blair Edwards Tua'a lawyer, called for action against the 40-year-old New Yorker requesting the return of Tua's WBO Asia-Pacific and Oriental titles and restoration of ranking points.
Barrett fought New Zealander Shane Cameron on 5 July 2012 with the winner becoming the number one contender to fight NZPBA title holder Sonny Bill Williams. Days before the fight he admitted the Shane Cameron fight would be "a challenge", but that was spurring him on to win. Barrett also stated that he would look for a third fight with David Tua, after he had beaten Cameron. However he was knocked out in the 4th round with a right hand and lost the titles that he had won against David Tua the previous year.
Barrett resides in the Tri-State with his Fiance Shanequa and twelve year old son Brandon
Professional boxing record
|35 Wins (20 knockouts), 10 Losses, 2 Draws |
|Loss||35-10-2||Shane Cameron||KO||4 (12)||05/07/2012||Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland, New Zealand||Lost WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental Heavyweight titles.|
|Win||35-9-2||David Tua||UD||12||13/08/2011||TelstraClear Pacific, Auckland, New Zealand||Won WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental Heavyweight titles.|
|Draw||34-9-2||Charles Davis||MD||8||22/01/2011||The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, United States|
|Draw||34-9-1||David Tua||MD||12||17/07/2010||Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||For WBO Asia Pacific & WBO Oriental Heavyweight titles.|
|Loss||34–9||Alexander Ustinov||UD||12||12/12/2009||PostFinance Arena, Berne, Switzerland||For vacant WBA International Heavyweight title.|
|Loss||34–8||Odlanier Solis||TKO||2 (10)||10/10/2009||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States||For WBC International Heavyweight title.|
|Loss||34–7||David Haye||TKO||5 (10)||15/11/2008||O2 Arena (Millennium Dome), Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||34–6||Tye Fields||KO||1 (10)||28/06/2008||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||33–6||Damon Reed||KO||2 (8)||02/02/2008||944 Super Village at Stetson Canal, Scottsdale, Arizona, United States|
|Win||32–6||Cliff Couser||TKO||2 (6)||06/12/2007||Paradise Theater, Bronx, New York, United States|
|Loss||31–6||Cliff Couser||TKO||2 (10)||07/07/2007||Harbour Yard Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States|
|Loss||31–5||Nikolay Valuev||TKO||11 (12)||07/10/2006||Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, United States||For WBA World Heavyweight title.|
|Loss||31–4||Hasim Rahman||UD||12 (12)||13/08/2005||United Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States||For interim WBC Heavyweight title.|
|Win||31–3||Owen Beck||TKO||9 (12)||05/02/2005||Savvis Center, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States||WBC & IBF Heavyweight title eliminator.|
|Win||30–3||Dominick Guinn||SD||10||27/03/2004||Alltell Arena, Little Rock, Arkansas, United States|
|Loss||29–3||Joe Mesi||MD||10||06/12/2003||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States|
|Win||29–2||Eric Kirkland||TKO||10 (10)||03/10/2003||Sandia Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||28–2||Robert Wiggins||SD||10 (10)||08/03/2003||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||27–2||Terry Porter||UD||6||08/03/2003||Marconi Automotive Museum, Tustin, California, United States|
|Win||26–2||Robert Davis||UD||10||28/09/2001||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||25–2||Tim Witherspoon||SD||10||08/06/2001||Turning Stone Casino, Verona, New York, United States|
|Win||24–2||Mario Cawley||TKO||9 (10)||07/01/2001||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||23–2||Wladimir Klitschko||TKO||7 (10)||15/07/2000||New London Arena, Millwall, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||23–1||Jimmy Thunder||TKO||7 (10)||24/02/2000||Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, New York, United States|
|Win||22–1||Derrick Banks||UD||10||27/01/2000||Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, New York, United States|
|Loss||21–1||Lance Whitaker||SD||10||28/08/1999||Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lost WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title.|
|Win||21–0||Tim Ray||KO||1 (8)||25/07/1999||Harrah's Casino, Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||20–0||Phil Jackson||UD||12||03/04/1999||New Frontier Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won vacant WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title.|
|Win||19–0||Greg Page||UD||10||23/10/1998||Trump Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||18–0||Bryant Smith||UD||10||11/09/1998||Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, New York, United States|
|Win||17–0||Derek Amos||TKO||8 (10)||19/06/1998||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||16–0||Louis Monaco||UD||6||09/05/1998||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||15–0||Jeff Pegues||TKO||1 (?)||27/03/1998||Trump Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||14–0||Guy Sonnenberg||TKO||4 (8)||16/01/1998||Trump Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||13–0||Santiago De Paula||TKO||3 (8)||21/11/1997||Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, New York, United States|
|Win||12–0||Val Smith||TKO||6 (?)||01/11/1997||Apollo Theater, New York, New York, United States|
|Win||11–0||Billy Lewis||KO||1 (?)||02/10/1997||Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States|
|Win||10–0||Kevin Brister||TKO||1 (?)||13/07/1997||Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, New York, United States|
|Win||9–0||Juan Quintana||PTS||6||17/05/1997||Dover, New Hampshire, United States|
|Win||8–0||Lee Alhassan||PTS||6||01/05/1997||Asbury Park Convention Hall, Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||7–0||Ron McCarthy||PTS||6||14/03/1997||Pepsi Arena, Albany, New York, United States|
|Win||6–0||Russell Perry||KO||1 (?)||31/01/1997||Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, New York, United States|
|Win||5–0||Frank Grazier||KO||1 (?)||21/01/1997||Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||4–0||Mitchell Rose||PTS||4||08/11/1996||Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, New York, United States|
|Win||3–0||Andre Horne||TKO||1 (4)||05/10/1996||Caesar's Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||2–0||Scott Marcantonio||TKO||1 (?)||18/09/1996||Music Fair, Westbury, New York, United States|
|Win||1–0||Jamal Edwards||TKO||1 (?)||16/08/1996||Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, New York, United States|
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