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Monte Barrett
Monte Barrett cropped.jpg
Barrett in 2010
Nickname(s)Two Gunz
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Reach78 in (198 cm)
Born (1971-05-26) May 26, 1971 (age 49)
Greenville, North Carolina, U.S.
Boxing record
Total fights48
Wins by KO20

Monte Barrett (born May 26, 1971) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1996 to 2014. He challenged once for the WBA heavyweight title in 2006, and fought many top heavyweight champions and contenders during his career.

Amateur career

Barrett had 40 amateur fights, finishing his amateur career with 37-3 record, signed a contract with Joe De Guardia and turned pro in 1996.

Professional career

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 Solís 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 August 13 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 July 5, 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]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
48 fights 35 wins 11 losses
By knockout 20 7
By decision 15 4
Draws 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
48 Loss 35–11–2 Cuba Luis Ortiz KO 4 (10), 0:38 Apr 3, 2014 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, U.S.
47 Loss 35–10–2 New Zealand Shane Cameron KO 4 (12), 0:18 Jul 5, 2012 New Zealand SkyCity, Auckland, New Zealand Lost WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental heavyweight titles
46 Win 35–9–2 New Zealand David Tua UD 12 Aug 13, 2011 New Zealand TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre, Auckland, New Zealand Won WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental heavyweight titles
45 Draw 34–9–2 United States Charles Davis MD 8 Jan 22, 2011 United States The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, U.S.
44 Draw 34–9–1 New Zealand David Tua MD 12 Jul 17, 2010 United States Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. For WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental heavyweight titles
43 Loss 34–9 Russia Alexander Ustinov UD 12 Dec 12, 2009 Switzerland PostFinance Arena, Bern, Switzerland For vacant WBA International heavyweight title
42 Loss 34–8 Cuba Odlanier Solís TKO 2 (10), 1:54 Oct 10, 2009 United States The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. For WBC International heavyweight title
41 Loss 34–7 United Kingdom David Haye TKO 5 (10), 1:28 Nov 15, 2008 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England
40 Win 34–6 United States Tye Fields KO 1 (10), 0:57 Jun 28, 2008 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
39 Win 33–6 United States Damon Reed KO 2 (8), 2:47 Feb 2, 2008 United States 944 Super Village, Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.
38 Win 32–6 United States Cliff Couser TKO 2 (6), 2:16 Dec 6, 2007 United States Paradise Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.
37 Loss 31–6 United States Cliff Couser TKO 2 (10), 2:42 Jul 7, 2007 United States The Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
36 Loss 31–5 Russia Nikolai Valuev TKO 11 (12), 2:12 Oct 7, 2006 United States Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois, U.S. For WBA heavyweight title
35 Loss 31–4 United States Hasim Rahman UD 12 Aug 13, 2005 United States United Center, Chicago, Illinois, U.S. For WBC interim heavyweight title
34 Win 31–3 Jamaica Owen Beck TKO 9 (12), 2:52 Feb 5, 2005 United States Savvis Center, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
33 Win 30–3 United States Dominick Guinn SD 10 Mar 27, 2004 United States Alltel Arena, Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
32 Loss 29–3 United States Joe Mesi MD 10 Dec 6, 2003 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
31 Win 29–2 United States Eric Kirkland TKO 10 (10), 2:34 Oct 3, 2003 United States Sandia Resort & Casino Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
30 Win 28–2 United States Robert Wiggins SD 10 Mar 8, 2003 United States Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.
29 Win 27–2 United States Terry Porter UD 6 Mar 8, 2003 United States Marconi Automotive Museum, Tustin, California, U.S.
28 Win 26–2 United States Robert Davis UD 10 Sep 28, 2001 United States Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
27 Win 25–2 United States Tim Witherspoon SD 10 Jun 8, 2001 United States Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York, U.S.
26 Win 24–2 United States Mario Cawley TKO 9 (10), 2:34 Jan 7, 2001 United States Bally's Park Place, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
25 Loss 23–2 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko TKO 7 (10), 2:40 Jul 15, 2000 United Kingdom London Arena, London, England
24 Win 23–1 New Zealand Jimmy Thunder TKO 7 (10), 0:52 Feb 24, 2000 United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, New York, U.S.
23 Win 22–1 United States Derrick Banks UD 10 Jan 27, 2000 United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, New York, U.S.
22 Loss 21–1 United States Lance Whitaker SD 12 Aug 28, 1999 United States The Joint, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title
21 Win 21–0 United States Tim Ray KO 1 (8), 1:31 Jul 25, 1999 United States Harrah's, North Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
20 Win 20–0 United States Phil Jackson UD 12 Apr 3, 1999 United States New Frontier Hotel and Casino, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Won vacant WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title
19 Win 19–0 United States Greg Page UD 10 Oct 23, 1998 United States Trump Marina, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 United States Bryant Smith UD 10 Sep 11, 1998 United States Raceway, Yonkers, New York, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 United States Derek Amos TKO 8 (10) Jun 19, 1998 United States Trump Marina, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 United States Louis Monaco UD 6 May 9, 1998 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 United States Jeff Pegues TKO 1 (8) Mar 27, 1998 United States Trump Marina, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 United States Guy Sonnenberg TKO 4 (8), 2:30 Jan 16, 1998 United States Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 Dominican Republic Santiago De Paula TKO 3 (8) Nov 21, 1997 United States Raceway, Yonkers, New York, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 United States Val Smith TKO 6 (8) Nov 1, 1997 United States Apollo Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.
11 Win 11–0 United States Billy Lewis KO 1 (6) Oct 2, 1997 United States Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 United States Kevin Brister TKO 1 (6) Jul 13, 1997 United States Raceway, Yonkers, New York, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 United States Juan Quintana PTS 6 May 17, 1997 United States Dover, New Hampshire, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Ghana Lee Alhassan PTS 6 May 1, 1997 United States Convention Hall, Asbury Park, New Jersey, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United States Ron McCarthy PTS 6 Mar 14, 1997 United States Pepsi Arena, Albany, New York, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Russell Perry KO 1 (4) Jan 31, 1997 United States Raceway, Yonkers, New York, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Frank Grazier KO 1 (4) Jan 21, 1997 United States Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United States Mitchell Rose PTS 4 Nov 8, 1996 United States Raceway, Yonkers, New York, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United States Andre Horne TKO 1 (4) Oct 5, 1996 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Scott Marcantonio TKO 1 (4) Sep 18, 1996 United States Westbury Music Fair, North Hempstead, New York, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States Jamal Edwards TKO 1 (4) Aug 16, 1996 United States Raceway, Yonkers, New York, U.S.


  1. ^ Michael Woods (July 18, 2010) "David Tua And Monte Barrett Battle To Draw In AC". The Sweet Science.
  2. ^ "Heavyweight Monte Barrett leaving ring after fighting David Tua tonight in Atlantic City – Sports". July 17, 2010. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  3. ^ Liam Napier (December 1, 2011). "Boxing | Third David Tua-Monte Barrett bout on the..." Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  4. ^ "Cameron and Barrett to fight in July – Story – 3 Sport". 3 News. Archived from the original on October 17, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
  5. ^ "Monte Barrett interview, ahead of Shane Cameron fight". Radio Live. July 2, 2012. Retrieved July 4, 2012.

External links

Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Larry Donald
WBC Continental Americas
heavyweight champion

April 3, 1999 – August 28, 1999
Succeeded by
Lance Whitaker
Preceded by
David Tua
WBO Asia Pacific
heavyweight champion

August 13, 2011 – July 5, 2012
Succeeded by
Shane Cameron
WBO Oriental heavyweight champion
August 13, 2011 – July 5, 2012
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