David Tua Thinking Retirement After Barrett?Written by Leroy Cleveland
New Zealand heavyweight contender David Tua suggests his August rematch with Barrett could be his last fight
If David Tua (52-3-2, 43 KO) loses his rematch with Monte Barrett (34-9-2, 20 KO) August 13, there seems to be little doubt he'll retire - But, even if Tua is victorious he could yet walk way from the game after the Barrett fight.
According to stuff.co.nz, Tua said as he signed a contract with Sky TV to co-promote the pay-per-view event:
"I'm looking forward to this but it potentially could be my last fight."
Tua vs Barrett I
On July 17, 2010 David Tua of New Zealand battled to an exciting 12-round draw with then 39-year-old, former contender, Monte Barrett. Unfortunately, it was Tua's lackluster performance that made this fight a lot closer and far more entertaining than most experts and fans thought it would be.
Many observers thought Barrett edged Tua. In the tenth, Barrett wobbled Tua with a big right hook and had him in serious trouble. In the 12th, a frustrated Tua had a point taken away for throwing Barrett to the canvas. Shortly afterwards, Barrett again had Tua in serious trouble before the unthinkable happened - Barrett launched a right hook-left-right hook combination to the head that put the "Tuaman" on the canvas for the first time in his career. He was flat on his back. Tua beat the count but, by most accounts, the theoretical 10-7 round for Barrett should have won the fight for Monte.
Two judges scored it 113-113, and the third judge had Tua the winner 115-111. The crowd booed the decision. In defense of the judges, it was a difficult fight to score but, to most, the fight was relatively even going into the 12th Round so the 10-7 round seemed to have tipped things in Barrett's favor.
Since drawing with Barrett a year ago, Tua won an unimpressive but unanimous points decision over American Demetrice King in Auckland in February.
Tua believes has something to prove and is motivated to 'set the record straight' with Barrett. However, Tua also knows his clock is ticking and that he must do something dramatic very soon to revitalize his career.
"A lot of boxers say they are only as good as their last fight. But for me now I think it's about only being as good as your next fight."
Tua, known for having one of the most devastating left hooks in the history of the sport, has been in the professional game for 20 years and fought some of boxing's best. The "Tuamanator" has knockout victories over former world champions Michael Moorer, Hasim Rahman, Oleg Maskaev, and John Ruiz. Tua knocked out Ruiz in 19 seconds and Moorer in less than 40 seconds. Tua's losses were to world champions Lennox Lewis and Chris Byrd, and Ike Ibeabuchi - all three by decision.
The Tua-Barrett fight won't be a high-priced affair. Tickets are going for $50 - $120 and an eight-fight undercard is yet to be confirmed.
Tua vs Meehan?
According to nzherald.co.nz, new WBF champion Kali Meehan has announced he has a two bout deal and is calling out David Tua and Oliver McCall.
The World Boxing Federation (WBF) is a minor, less reputable boxing organization whose champions are viewed as inferior their counterparts in the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO.
Tua still has a powerful left hook and sturdy chin. As a result, he's always dangerous in the ring and is a formidable threat to anyone in the division. The "Tuaman" should make one more run at a major world title (not the WBF) before retiring.