By Ryan Songalia
Fresh off a unanimous decision win over David Tua this past weekend, heavyweight boxer Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett says he is open to a third match with The Tuamanator - at Wrestlemania XXVIII.
The 40-year-old Barrett (35-9-2, 20 KO) of Bayonne, NJ survived a late knockdown in their ten-round clash in Tua's backyard of New Zealand to hang on for the win, which was a rematch of their controversial draw last year in Atlantic City, NJ.
Barrett says a third meeting between the two would have to happen at the World Wrestling Entertainment mega event, which is scheduled for April 1 in Miami, Florida. Barrett says he will speak with his good friend and 11-time WWE champion John Cena about facilitating the matchup, which would be under professional wrestling rules.
"I spoke to Tua after the press conference, he said, 'Call me man, I'm with it,'" said Barrett through a jaw wired shut due to a fracture sustained in the fight. "He did an imitation of The Rock and said, 'Let's get it on.' I said after I speak to John and I get everything together that I'd get back to him.
"I wouldn't mind doing it in a steel cage."
Barrett says he has been in contact with Cena via text messaging but hasn't spoken verbally with Cena yet. Barrett says he expects to speak with Cena on the phone in the next few days.
"[Cena] is in contact with the talent department and they're looking at exactly how they're going to approach this whole thing where it works out for everybody," said Barrett.
Tua, 52-4-2 (43 KO), isn't without his own wrestling credentials. Tua's uncle Afa Anoa'i who was one half of the Wild Samoans tag team that won the WWE tag team titles in the 1980s and were enshrined in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.
The Anoa'i family boasts a long lineage of wrestling talent, including former WWE champ Yokozuna and former intercontinental champions Rikishi and Umaga.
The most famous of the Anoa'i clan is Dwayne Johnson, better known as The Rock, who coincidentally will headline Wrestlemania XXVIII against John Cena.
When asked whether he, with Cena's backing, or Tua with his lineage, had the edge in a wrestling match, Barrett entered into character.
"Of course me, you can't see me. I'm pretty sure David will go with the Samoan Brothers, but I'm gonna stick with my guns.
"Every fight with David is going to be dangerous. David is no walk in the park."
Barrett says he won't be able to resume boxing-related training for the next two months due to his broken jaw, but will continue to do his roadwork and mixed martial arts training to stay in shape.
Ryan Songalia is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) and contributes to GMA News and the Filipino Reporter newspaper in New York City. He can be reached [email protected]. An archive of his work can be found atwww.ryansongalia.com. Follow him on Twitter: @RyanSongalia .