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Monte Barrett Talks Tua Win, Eyes a Povetkin Shot

By Ryan Burton
 
Monte Barrett (35-9-2) talks to BoxingScene.com about his recent win over David Tua in this exclusive interview.  Last year in July, Barrett and Tua battled to a controversial draw in Atlantic City, NJ.  Many observers felt that Barrett did enough to win the fight.  The two fighters squared off again on August 13th in Tua's backyard of New Zealand and this time Barrett prevailed on the judge's scorecards.  Barrett, who is eyeing a possible showdown with new WBA "regular champion" Alexander Povetkin, talks about the win, a possible wrestling career and more.
 
BoxingScene:  First off congratulations on your win over David Tua.  A lot of people felt you won your first fight against Tua.  Let's talk about the most recent fight.
 
Monte Barrett:  Thank you.  The last fight was a great fight.  I knew I was going into hostile territory so I knew I had to be prepared.  This is the first time in a long time, I think since Dominick Guinn that I made those sacrifices in just the training and the regimen and following it and doing it very repetitiously over and over.  The outcome was a great outcome.  My jaw is broke so you know, it is bittersweet.
 
BoxingScene:  You were injured in this fight but after the first, Tua said some things like maybe he wasn't at 100% and that is why he didn't win that fight.  He didn't have any excuses in this fight as far as I could see.
 
Monte Barrett:  For the most part a fighter goes into every fight with injuries.  I had a sore calf and a sore shoulder but you know as an athlete you weather the storm.  You have to deal with adversity.  There are no excuses for Tua and there were no excuses for him in the first fight but with him having that excuse he created doubt that I can do it again and do it in the fashion that I did it.  It made the statement that I made more powerful by him making that excuse.
 
BoxingScene:  Did that motivate you more going into the rematch?
 
Monte Barrett:  No.  That didn't motivate me.  What did motivate me was just getting up for the task.  As a fighter you are living on the edge and I knew I was stepping in there with a killer.  Anything can happen.  It is not like I was fighting Kevin Johnson who could probably just box me to death and outpoint me but I was with a guy who could end my life any second with one punch.  He is known for his explosive punching power in his left hook so I was just up for the challenge.  The first fight happened and it was a draw and you want to win and you want to win big so that is what motivated me.  With what I did the first fight I knew that I could beat the guy.  I would beat Tua 5 out of 5.  It is just styles make fights.  I felt like he has a great style for me.
 
BoxingScene: What is the prognosis with your jaw?  How long are you out for?
 
Monte Barrett:  My jaw is wired but it is part of the game.  Like I said it is bittersweet.  I came home with the belts but I came home with a broken jaw.  I can't have contact on my jaw for like a month or at the most 2 months is what the doctor said.  I will probably stretch out the whole 2 months but I am going to start training soon and do some conditioning work so I can take myself to the next level so whether I go into wrestling or I stay with boxing I will be prepared 100%.
 
BoxingScene:  Let's talk about wrestling for a minute.  We ran a story here on Boxingscene that stated that you and Tua might have a third fight but this time in a wrestling ring.
 
Monte Barrett:  I mentioned it to John (Cena) and I talked to the talent coordinator for the WWE. We are setting up a meeting with John Cena and Vince McMahon this week.  Hopefully we can work something out that will be feasible and entertaining at the same time for Tua and I to go and do a rubber match in a steel cage, wrestling, at a Summer Slam WrestleMania when John Cena fights The Rock.
 
Boxingscene:  If that wrestling match goes through or not, what is your time table for a return to the boxing ring, or this going to be a full time move to wrestling?
 
Monte Barrett:   I don't know.  It all depends.  I have to be up for something.  I want to fight a fight that means something.  I don't want to just fight for a payday.  I have been there and done that.  Me being 40 years old you have to have something you are looking forward to like a target.  I am hoping to get a title shot versus (Alexander) Povetkin.  Considering that (Evander) Holyfield, (Hasim) Rahman, and David Haye are the talk, if you think about it, out of all four of us I think that I am the most deserving when you go by performance.  I am hoping that they would take that into consideration.  I see that Holyfield was very visible in the fight so I am wondering if they are going that route.  Povetkin and I have some history.  He was training out in New Jersey and Teddy (Atlas) called me and I boxed with him for two weeks and we had like 40 or 50 rounds in and I was up probably 30 of 40 rounds.  It is like we have some unfinished business.  He is a great gentleman and a great sportsman.  I would hope they would look and say, "look this guy deserves a shot."
 
Boxingscene:  Did you happen to catch his fight versus Ruslan Chaegev?
 
Monte Barrett:  No.  I was trying to log on but it kept loading and loading and loading.  It took like an hour to load.  By the time it loaded I looked at a boxing website and saw the results so I knew the fight was done.  I am happy for Povetkin.  He is a nice guy and he treated me with nothing but respect and I did the same thing with him.  He is a gentleman and I hope he says, "let me give Monte Barrett a shot.  He deserves it."
 
Boxingscene:  Do you have a message for the fans:
 
Monte Barrett:  The message for the fan is to stay loyal.  One thing about boxing is that boxing is hurting.  There are a few elements in play here.  The first thing is the promoters.  Half of the promoters out there are scumbags.  Some are good scumbags and some are bad scumbags but in the end they are all scumbags.  With that being said you have the fans out there and they are not loyal fans.  They just go with what is hot.  Just try to be loyal.  I read the blogs and they dog the fighters so much.  I can't believe it.  Some of these guys have never stepped in the ring and threw one punch.  You know they are in the (stock) market or at their 9 to 5 at Chase Manhattan or something.  They are on their keyboards sitting there talking junk like they can do better.  To the true boxing fans out there, I love you and respect you and hope you keep supporting boxing.  For the fake ones you all can go to hell. 
 
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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by joe strong on 08-30-2011

holyfield to me seems like the guy they are trying to push but from what i posted a few days ago the WBA says sasha has 90 days to sign to fight rahman,who is the appointed mandatory.rahman will have to…

Comment by mshap on 08-30-2011

sounds like a dreary ESPN fight, that's about it -- the way Povetkin is being handled and brought along is a mystery to me -- we still don't know if he is for real or not -- why is he…

Comment by Fish_Scotland on 08-30-2011

F*ck me this d is desperate......

Comment by Freedom. on 08-30-2011

Barrett should fight one of the other Sauerland heavyweights: Helenius, Gerber, or Pulev. I hear Sauerland pays well.

Comment by Rip Chudd on 08-30-2011

He said some real stuff at the end of the interview. But c'mon Barrett, I thought you were going to retire man.

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