Monte Barrett

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Monte Barrett
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Statistics
Nickname(s) Two Gunz
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Reach 78 in (198 cm)
Nationality  American
Born (1971-05-26) May 26, 1971 (age 43)
Greenville, North Carolina
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 48
Wins 35
Wins by KO 20
Losses 11
Draws 2

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[edit]

Barrett's record as an amateur included 37 wins and 3 losses.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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.

Monte fought Odlanier Solis on October 10, 2009, but lost by second round technical knockout. He then fought Alexander Ustinov on December 12, 2009 but lost a unanimous decision after 12 rounds.

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)[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Barrett resides in the Tri-State with his Fiance Shanequa and twelve year old son Brandon

Professional boxing record[edit]

35 Wins (20 knockouts), 10 Losses, 2 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 35-10-2 New Zealand Shane Cameron KO 4 (12) 05/07/2012 New Zealand Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland, New Zealand Lost WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental Heavyweight titles.
Win 35-9-2 New Zealand David Tua UD 12 13/08/2011 New Zealand TelstraClear Pacific, Auckland, New Zealand Won WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental Heavyweight titles.
Draw 34-9-2 United States Charles Davis MD 8 22/01/2011 United States The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, United States
Draw 34-9-1 New Zealand David Tua MD 12 17/07/2010 United States Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States For WBO Asia Pacific & WBO Oriental Heavyweight titles.
Loss 34–9 Belarus Alexander Ustinov UD 12 12/12/2009 Switzerland PostFinance Arena, Berne, Switzerland For vacant WBA International Heavyweight title.
Loss 34–8 Cuba Odlanier Solis TKO 2 (10) 10/10/2009 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States For WBC International Heavyweight title.
Loss 34–7 United Kingdom David Haye TKO 5 (10) 15/11/2008 United Kingdom O2 Arena (Millennium Dome), Greenwich, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 34–6 United States Tye Fields KO 1 (10) 28/06/2008 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 33–6 United States Damon Reed KO 2 (8) 02/02/2008 United States 944 Super Village at Stetson Canal, Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
Win 32–6 United States Cliff Couser TKO 2 (6) 06/12/2007 United States Paradise Theater, Bronx, New York, United States
Loss 31–6 United States Cliff Couser TKO 2 (10) 07/07/2007 United States Harbour Yard Arena, Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Loss 31–5 Russia Nikolay Valuev TKO 11 (12) 07/10/2006 United States Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, United States For WBA World Heavyweight title.
Loss 31–4 United States Hasim Rahman UD 12 (12) 13/08/2005 United States United Center, Chicago, Illinois, United States For interim WBC Heavyweight title.
Win 31–3 Jamaica Owen Beck TKO 9 (12) 05/02/2005 United States Savvis Center, Saint Louis, Missouri, United States WBC & IBF Heavyweight title eliminator.
Win 30–3 United States Dominick Guinn SD 10 27/03/2004 United States Alltell Arena, Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Loss 29–3 United States Joe Mesi MD 10 06/12/2003 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States
Win 29–2 United States Eric Kirkland TKO 10 (10) 03/10/2003 United States Sandia Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win 28–2 United States Robert Wiggins SD 10 (10) 08/03/2003 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 27–2 United States Terry Porter UD 6 08/03/2003 United States Marconi Automotive Museum, Tustin, California, United States
Win 26–2 United States Robert Davis UD 10 28/09/2001 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 25–2 United States Tim Witherspoon SD 10 08/06/2001 United States Turning Stone Casino, Verona, New York, United States
Win 24–2 United States Mario Cawley TKO 9 (10) 07/01/2001 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 23–2 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko TKO 7 (10) 15/07/2000 United Kingdom New London Arena, Millwall, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 23–1 Samoa Jimmy Thunder TKO 7 (10) 24/02/2000 United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, New York, United States
Win 22–1 United States Derrick Banks UD 10 27/01/2000 United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, New York, United States
Loss 21–1 United States Lance Whitaker SD 10 28/08/1999 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title.
Win 21–0 United States Tim Ray KO 1 (8) 25/07/1999 United States Harrah's Casino, Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 20–0 United States Phil Jackson UD 12 03/04/1999 United States New Frontier Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won vacant WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title.
Win 19–0 United States Greg Page UD 10 23/10/1998 United States Trump Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 18–0 United States Bryant Smith UD 10 11/09/1998 United States Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, New York, United States
Win 17–0 United States Derek Amos TKO 8 (10) 19/06/1998 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 16–0 United States Louis Monaco UD 6 09/05/1998 United States Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 15–0 United States Jeff Pegues TKO 1 (?) 27/03/1998 United States Trump Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 14–0 United States Guy Sonnenberg TKO 4 (8) 16/01/1998 United States Trump Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 13–0 Dominican Republic Santiago De Paula TKO 3 (8) 21/11/1997 United States Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, New York, United States
Win 12–0 United States Val Smith TKO 6 (?) 01/11/1997 United States Apollo Theater, New York, New York, United States
Win 11–0 United States Billy Lewis KO 1 (?) 02/10/1997 United States Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Win 10–0 United States Kevin Brister TKO 1 (?) 13/07/1997 United States Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, New York, United States
Win 9–0 United States Juan Quintana PTS 6 17/05/1997 United States Dover, New Hampshire, United States
Win 8–0 Ghana Lee Alhassan PTS 6 01/05/1997 United States Asbury Park Convention Hall, Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States
Win 7–0 United States Ron McCarthy PTS 6 14/03/1997 United States Pepsi Arena, Albany, New York, United States
Win 6–0 United States Russell Perry KO 1 (?) 31/01/1997 United States Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, New York, United States
Win 5–0 United States Frank Grazier KO 1 (?) 21/01/1997 United States Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 4–0 United States Mitchell Rose PTS 4 08/11/1996 United States Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, New York, United States
Win 3–0 United States Andre Horne TKO 1 (4) 05/10/1996 United States Caesar's Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–0 United States Scott Marcantonio TKO 1 (?) 18/09/1996 United States Music Fair, Westbury, New York, United States
Win 1–0 United States Jamal Edwards TKO 1 (?) 16/08/1996 United States Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, New York, United States

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