Telstra Clear Events Centre, Manukau City, New Zealand– Monte Barrett (35-9-2, 20 KOs) survived a 12th round knockdown to take a unanimous decision victory over David Tua (52-4-2, 43 KOs) by scores of 114-113, 115-112, 115-112 in a rematch of their 2010 draw.
It was hardly a dominant performance from the American, but Barrett outworked and generally outperformed Tua over 11 and a half rounds, throwing shots from the outside against a Tua who seemed perpetually trying to get within the taller fighter’s reach. By the time of Tua’s late round surge, Barrett already had too many rounds in the bank.
After the bout, Tua vowed to fight on while the 40-year-old Barrett was non-committal on the issue.
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