BARRETT RULES IN NEW ZEALAND
13 August 2011
In a heavyweight rematch American Monte Barrett, 40 years-old, outboxed WBO #3 rated David Tua, 38 years-old from New Zealand born in Samoa islands, to win a close though unanimous 12-round decision.
Barrett and Tua had previously fought to a majority draw in July 2010 and this was the Barrett’s revenge rematch
Barrett returned to win after over three years with 3 losses and 2 draws, outpointing his rival on scores of two 115-112 (Mick Heafey and Robert Hoyle) and one 114-113 (Laurie Glozier). Referee was Brad Vocale.
Tua knocked his opponent down in round twelve, but Barrett survived until the final bell.
“Two Gunz” Barret captured the WBO Oriental and WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight Titles from Tua and raised his record to 35-9-2 (20 KOs). Tua is now 52-4-2 (43 KOs).
At this point Tua would ponder whether or not to continue his career.
MONTE BARRETT BEATS DAVID TUA IN POINTS DECISION
David Tua's bid for redemption has falied after he was beaten in a unanimous points decision in Manukau tonight.
In contrast to their bout in Atlantic City 10 months ago it was Tua registered a knock down in the final round, but he was made to pay for a slow start as two judges scored the fight 115-112 and the other 114-113 all in favour of the 40-year-old American.
The sell-out crowd at the Pacific Events Centre were left stunned by the decision, as they thought the local favourite had done enough when he sent Barrett to the canvas in the final round after dominating the final three rounds.
The result will raise questions over the future of 38-year-old Tua, as he may struggle to attract international opponents after two disappointing results against Barrett.
Uncharacteristically for Tua, he came out of the blocks in second gear and barely fired a shot in the first round as Barrett boxed smartly, using his 20 centimetre reach advantage to keep him out and stay away from his dangerous left hand.
Barrett continued his dominance in the next round, landing several hard right hands to Tua's head as the home favourite again looked lethargic. Barrett copped a warning for pushing his opponent away with his elbow.
Tua tried in vain to attack throughout the third round, wildly swinging one of the most dangerous left hands in the sport, but it was to no avail as he failed to connect.
In the fourth, Tua finally managed to bring the crowd into it as he landed a few big left hands sending them into a frenzy, but Barrett looked steady and responded with several hard right jabs.
Seven rounds in and it was clear the Samoan-born Kiwi was going to have to win all of the final five rounds or force a knock out. Tua was clearly aware of the fact and he finally started to lift his intensity.
However in the ninth he looked to tire and stopped throwing as many punches and got hit by a couple of Barrett's right hands again.
From there it was Tua until the end as he was brutal in the10th nearly knocking Barrett down after hitting him with a hard left but he managed to stay up on the ropes and tie himself up to get out of trouble.
Again in the 11th Barrett got lucky, saved by the bell with Tua landing a flurry of punches in the final seconds.
Tua continued his dominance in the final round and Barrett was out on his feet, finally hitting the mat with a minute to go. It looked certain he would stay down but some how got to his feet and managed to hold on for the final seconds and the win.
The fight was the main event on an entertaining card, with up and coming New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker beating Nathan Mackay with a unanimous points decision. Fellow New Zealander Daniel McKinnon also had a unanimous points victory over Pakistan's Kashif Mumtaz.
David Tua: Monte Barrett beat me last time
Less than 24 hours before their career-defining rematch, David Tua openly admitted he should have lost last year's controversial draw with Monte Barrett.
The American is the first and only man to floor Tua in his 57-fight professional career, but the 12th-round knockdown in Atlantic City wasn't enough to convince the judges.
Boxing insiders have disputed the decision ever since, but before now, Tua refrained from a confession. On the eve of this self-tagged redemption, however, Tua conceded he escaped what would have been just his fourth loss.
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