His image was plastered on posters outside of the Roseland Ballroom in Midtown Manhattan last Thursday night, but that would be as close as the near-capacity crowd would get to seeing Monte Two Gunz Barrett. The Queens native was forced to pull out of his scheduled 10-round main event against John Sargent because he failed a medical examination.
The [New York State Athletic] Commission reviewed Montes blood platelet count and it was a little low, said promoter Joe DeGuardia. He went to a specialist and there are no problems. His platelet count has always been somewhat low.
Barrett said his blood platelet count has always fluctuated and the New York State Athletic Commission had a letter from his doctor dated in 1996 explaining his condition. However, because of the recent death of Beethavean Scottland resulting from a bout on board the cruise ship Intrepid June 26, Barrett said the commission requested a new letter from Barretts doctor. When Barrett could not reach his doctor in time to get the letter, the fight was canceled.
I was looking forward to getting back in the ring, I felt good, I boxed 30 rounds during the week, Barrett said. Im 100 percent healthy, mentally and physically, but things happen for a reason.
Barretts absence last Thursday at Roseland further fueled the rumors swirling for weeks about a possible bout between him and the former undisputed heavyweight champion Iron Mike Tyson.
According to sources close to Barrett, there has been no discussion between Barretts manager, Nick Garone, and Tysons manager, Shelly Finkel.
We would love to fight Mike. Wed love the opportunity to show the world if we have the chance to get to the next level, said Garone, of Excel Sports. Hes one of the best in the business.
Barrett (25-2), who is scheduled to battle Sargeant (22-3) at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City Aug. 24, would also love the chance to battle the Brownsville, Brooklyn native.
I think theyre looking for a sure win, said Barrett, who is ranked 12th in the world by the International Boxing Federation and 18th by the World Boxing Council. But I wont be a sure thing. They would get a hell of a fight my way.
Tyson, who has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Big Bear City, Calif., is slated to take on Brian Nielsen on Sept. 8 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Barrett and Tyson are no strangers. After the former all-city outside linebacker on the 1987 John Adams city championship football team and former two-time Golden Gloves champion turned pro, Barrett was recruited by Tyson to sign with Don King. Barrett turned down the offer.
Tyson also reportedly offered Barrett $1,850 a week for sparring before Tysons first battle with Evander Holyfield. But when Tysons handlers told Barrett he couldnt bring his longtime manager and Hollis native Al Davis, Barrett pulled out.
Weve had some contact, Barrett said. But that was 4 1/2 years ago. I havent talked to him lately.
Reach Associate Sports Editor Dylan Butler by e-mail at Timesledger@aol.com or call 229-0300, Ext. 143.
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