By Christopher Colvin: In 2009, David Tua battered a shattered Shane Cameron down to the cruiserweight division via a vicious two round KO and now it seems as though American Monte Barrett might resurrect him back into the heavyweight ranks.
It is reported that Cameron has offered Barrett $NZ100,000, plus a slice of the broadcast rights, for a tilt at the WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental belts that Barrett deservedly won from a lethargic David Tua at the Telstra Clear Events Centre, South Auckland, New Zealand, via a unanimous 12 points decision last month.
It is an interesting strategic move on behalf of the Cameron camp, given that their man has finally shed the weight to now sit at his natural cruiserweight limit. One interpretation is that Aussie Danny Green cannot be tempted to take on the Mountain Warrior for his Commonwealth belt and that Cameron, with a lack of suitably marketable opponents, is now looking longingly back at the heavier, and more lucrative, heavyweight division. After all, the WBO regional belts that now reside comfortably around Barrett’s waist, are a more than even chance to secure a top 15 ranking with a reputable sanctioning body that may well lead to, if not a title shot, then perhaps a showdown with a top 10 ranked heavyweight.
Now in the twilight of his career, it may well be that a relatively lucrative payday against a failed world-class heavyweight is more appealing to Barrett than a match up against a far more dangerous opponent – if one can be tempted into the ring. Barrett is, after all, not what could be described as a hugely appealing wallet-opening option – particularly in these straightened times.
One thing is for sure, Cameron remains a hugely popular fighter in New Zealand and the bout, if it comes to fruition, would undoubtedly be a sellout and, if nothing else, a financial success to both men.
September 4, 2011