Shane Cameron bites back at Monte
As Shane Cameron attempted to downplay concerns of a taxing British venture, his manager hit back at trash-talking American boxer Monte Barrett, warning his mouth would be shut for him in next Thursday's heavyweight clash in Auckland.
Ever since this fight was announced, Barrett has proudly proclaimed, with supreme confidence, intentions to school the Kiwi challenger he reckons is not in his league.
Cameron arrived home from an insightful two-and-a-half week London-based sparring camp with former cruiserweight and heavyweight champion David Haye yesterday, only to open the papers and read Barrett again declaring, before a punch had been thrown, he would retain the WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental belts he claimed from David Tua.
Barrett's cocky swagger doesn't sit right with some in laid-back, humble Kiwi country. His demeanour has irked many, including Cameron's manager, Kenny Reinsfield, who believes the brash 41-year-old's true fighting credentials (35-9-2) could be exposed.
"Monte always has plenty to say. But he has been put on his backside more than a two-dollar hooker," Reinsfield jibed.
"Barrett is only known because he beat David Tua. Every fight he has ever stepped up to that extra level he's been beaten. He got Tua when he had his own issues [divorce], when he wasn't focused on the fight in-front of him.
"Had he got Tua on a normal time the result would have been a lot different. Hopefully Shane will be able to expose that and shut his mouth on behalf on David Tua as well.
"I don't like him coming down here bagging David. He's done ten-times more than Monte Barrett has ever done. We're really looking forward to the fight.
"We are not underestimating Monte. He's got a good punch, but it sounds like he's underestimating Shane, which is a good thing for us."
After a 24-hour long-haul flight from London, Cameron slept 14 hours yesterday to adjust and recover from jetlag. He has just six days to pick himself up from intensive sparring with Haye and chase redemption in his return to the heavyweight division.
Cameron, the (28-2) underdog, is yet to make a definitive statement in his career. He appreciates this may be his final opportunity to create a legacy.
Barrett has been highly critical of Cameron's hastily-arranged training partnership with Haye, who is preparing for his grudge match with Dereck Chisora next month, saying he would have nothing left next week.
"As we stand here today, I feel good," Cameron declared. "It took me a while to get used to it at the other end. Today, I'm getting back into the routine. We've got six days. I've just got to peak for 36-minutes. I'll definitely be ready for Monte."
Haye was able to offer Cameron unique advice into Barrett's style having scored a dominant fifth-round victory over the New Yorker which included five knockdowns in 2008. The most notable insight was confirmation Cameron's speed could surprise the aging title-holder.
"I'm glad I went. There's no way I would have got that quality sparring in New Zealand," Cameron said. "I've learnt so much from him. His whole team knew I was fighting Barrett. They were very helpful. I know full well I've got the speed on Barrett, even the Haye camp said that."