Sunday, October 08, 2006
The WBA Heavyweight Championship and Eastern Europe’s dominance over boxing’s heavyweight division stayed with Nikolai Valuev and the Russian belt holders as he stopped Monte Barrett in the 11th round of their championship bout on Saturday night.
Valuev knocked Barrett down twice in the round and a flurry of punches while Barrett was trapped against the ropes a little over two minutes into the 11th frame caused Barrett’s trainer to jump into the ring and save his fighter.
As always, some links for you readers you…
ESPN: Valuev retains belt with 11th-round TKO of Barrett
FOX Sports: Valuev stops Barrett to retain WBA title; Valuev takes step toward recognition
The Sweet Science: Valuev Conquers Barrett and Chicago
MSNBC: Russian giant Valuev retains heavyweight belt; Russian giant takes step toward recognition
USA Today: Valuev stops Barrett to retain WBA title
Boston Globe: Barrett can’t come up big vs. Valuev
Chicago Sun-Times: Heavyweight Valuev TKO’s Barrett to keep WBA title
Seattle Times: Valuev stops Barrett, improves to 45-0
Saturday, October 07, 2006
It’s time for the KO Corner cats to give our predictions on this weekend’s two big fights…
David M Singer:
Diego Corrales vs Joel Casamayor - Corrales by late round KO or decision
Monte Barrett vs Nikolai Valuev - Valuev by late round KO or decision
Diego Corrales vs Joel Casamayor - I’m taking Corrales by unanimous decision in this one, but I don’t think it’s going to be very easy for Diego. Casamayor has dropped him to the canvas on more than one occasion in their two previous fights. However, Corrales just doesn’t want to stay down. I think his will to win is stronger than Casamayor’s and it will be the difference in this fight. Corrales will prevail, he just might have to pry himself off of the canvas a couple of times in order to do it.
Monte Barrett vs Nikolai Valuev - This is yet another heavyweight bout with a lot of storylines surrounding it. Will an American heavyweight break the Russian bloc and win back a title? Will Monte Barrett finally beat a top tier heavyweight? No, not tonight. Valuev’s sheer size will present a problem for Barrett, who has struggled with bigger fighters before in his career. Barrett doesn’t have the punching power to hurt Valuev either. I think the first couple of rounds will be Valuev trying to find his range and the next few, well Valuev taking it to Barrett. I’m going to say Valuev by KO in the 7th.
Friday, October 06, 2006
The above title really fits this fight well as Nikolay Valuev has both a height and weight advantage over his opponent for Saturday night, Monte Barrett: 9 inches and over 100 pounds.
Valuev will put his WBA Heavyweight title on the line against Barrett who has relatively been an underachiever throughout the course of his career. It’s the only first opportunity for an American boxer to try and break the Eastern European hold on all of the heavyweight championships.
Will Valuev continue his domination or will Barrett finally win a big time fight?
FOX Sports: BoxingScene.com Q& A: Monte Barrett, Can Barrett derail seven-foot invasion?
USA Today: Heavyweight title, hearts on the line in David vs. Goliath bout
Philadelphia Daily News: Russian champ has clear size advantage
Chicago Sun-Times: Fight might be a cut above, Valuev hitting new heights
San Jose Mercury-Times: Barrett has tall order in fighting Valuev, Russian heavyweight Valuev is a giant unknown in the United States
BBC Sport: Valuev ready to shine on US debut
The Sweet Science: Valuev-Barrett Fight Predictions
The Australian: Briggs on notice as champs join forces
Sportinglife: Barrett Ready for the Beast
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Heavyweight Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett faces World Boxing Assocation heavyweight champion Nikolai “Giant Russian” Valuev on Saturday at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. Barrett gave his thoughts on the upcoming bout just before departing for Chicago from his camp in the Catskill Mountains of New York.
“I don’t think this fight is going to be that hard for me,” Barrett said. “Big man can bring whatever he wants to the table. He’s never fought someone like me.”
On July 19, Barrett entered camp in the Catskills with trainer James Ali Bashir and conditioner Dudley Pierce. With nine weeks in camp, Barrett says he’s ready to go.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
WBA Heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev will undergo surgery on his left knee, preventing him from defending his title in September. His opponent was likely to be Monte Barrett, who was offered the fight by promoter Don King before Valuev went down. Valuev had similar surgery on his right knee last spring.