24 Apr 2012

Mountain Warrior to fight Tua's conqueror in July

1:51 pm on 24 April 2012

New Zealand boxer Shane Cameron will fight David Tua's conqueror Monte Barrett in Auckland on July 5th at Sky City, in what's set to be the biggest boxing event in New Zealand since Cameron's defeat at Tua's hands back in 2009.

The 40-year-old American Barrett handed Tua the fourth defeat of his 58-fight professional career last August.

Barrett's WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental Heavyweight belts - formerly owned by Tua - will be up for grabs on the night.

He says he will come to New Zealand in the best shape of his life, and Cameron will be calling him 'Daddy' when he's done with the Mountain Warrior.

Cameron says the fight's a sort of redemption for him, to prove that he belongs in the heavyweight division.

Barrett's regarded as a gatekeeper to the world heavyweight title, having fought a number of world champions including Wladimir Klitschko, Hasim Rahman, Nikolay Valuev and David Haye.

Promotor David Higgins of Duco Events says the undercard - to be announced in June - will be one of the strongest assembled in New Zealand and will feature some of the best known heavyweights in the region.

Higgins says they're currently talking to Solomon Haumono, Chauncey Welliver, John Hopoate and Mark di Mori.