Barrett Exacts His Revenge On Couser

By Francis Walker
Updated: December 15, 2007

GlovesNEW YORK — Former world heavyweight title challenger Monte Barrett was dealt a major blow when he lost to journeyman Cliff Couser in July. During a recent boxing event at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, Barrett (32-6, 18 KOs) avenged a shocking second-round KO loss to Couser (26-14-2, 14 KOs) by knocking him out in the second round of a highly anticipated rematch.

Barrett vs. Couser II was a crossroads fight for the 36 year-old from Queens. Had he, a former three-time world heavyweight title challenger, lost to Couser, a journeyman that has been knocked out by six different opponents, Barrett’s career as a heavyweight fighter would have been tarnished.

Barrett embraced the challenge. He opted to fight Couser, 36, St. Louis, MO, on short-notice and vowed to win this fight at all costs in order to prove that their first bout was indeed a fluke. After a cautious first round in which Barrett swayed away from Couser’s power, Barrett rocked his opponent with a left hook followed by a barrage of punches.

Sensing vengeance and an early knockout, Barrett earned his victory by flooring Couser on all fours into a neutral corner. The bout was stopped at 2:16 into round two.

“I’m satisfied where I’m going,” Barrett said afterwards during an exclusive BASN interview. “I’m satisfied where my career is going. I just feel like boxing is a land of opportunity. I have to be satisfied for the victory because in boxing, you have to take one fight at a time.”

As far as his performance in the rematch with Couser, Barrett added: “We weathered the storm, we redeemed ourselves. The sky is the limit. I think there is a lot of opportunity out there because the heavyweight division is not solid. I’m definitely satisfied because, hard work pays off and it definitely showed tonight.”

Although Barrett looked impressive in avenging a loss that shouldn’t have been placed on his record, some might believe that Barrett could be more vulnerable easier to beat.

“Where there is doubt there are chances,” Barrett responded. “I feel that if people doubt me, there is a chance that they can come test me to see exactly where I am. It can be a good situation for me and a bad situation for me. It can be good for everything its worth. It can be bad if I am not ready to take the challenge.”

Barrett has done well for himself during a professional boxing career that began in August 1998 with three consecutive first-round knockout victories.

Barrett has had three opportunities to win a world heavyweight championship — losing to Nikolai Valuev, Hasim Rahman, and Wladimir Klitschko. Barrett is on a quest to earn a fourth consecutive world title opportunity and is as confident as ever.

“I’m older and much wiser,” Barrett added. “I’m developed. I’m a grown man and I will hurt these young boys. Right now, I’m in a position where I know myself.”