One week out from his heavyweight boxing bout with Shane Cameron, Monte Barrett has slammed his doping controversy and challenged David Tua to take his final fight.
Barrett is focused and supremely confident of ending Cameron's quest for redemption in Auckland next Thursday, declaring to photographers yesterday they were taking advanced pictures of the "champion".
The 41-year-old, who has abstained from sex for six weeks to prepare, criticised Cameron's two-and-a-half week sparring camp with former British heavyweight champion David Haye in London, saying the Kiwi would be out on his feet next week.
Barrett also revealed he would only fight once more before calling it quits and launched a tirade of insults in an attempt to rile Tua out of retirement.
"I want to show people what I'm made of at 41. Win, lose or draw, I'm only fighting two more times, then I'm done," the brash American said.
"After I beat up on Shane, I'm going to give Tua one more chance to whip his fat arse into shape and get his act together. For me, it's that or nothing. I want David to take my last fight. After his wife finished pounding on him with their divorce I don't know if he'll have enough for me. I hope he will.
"But David doesn't do anyone proud. He's an embarrassment to New Zealand. He's a lazy, fat slob. He doesn't apply himself.
"At least Shane is man enough to jump at the opportunity."
A concluding Tua-Barrett trilogy presents an enticing, substantial payday for both fighters.
It has immense appeal, especially in New Zealand. After their controversial draw in New Jersey, Tua broke Barrett's jaw in the rematch but lost for the first time in a decade on points in August last year and then announced his retirement.
Barrett is determined, should he beat Cameron next week, to have a third swing at flooring the brutal Samoan-born Kiwi.
"Tua can take it or leave it. He can die a loser and never get a chance to redeem himself or be a man. The first fight his shoulder was hurt and the gloves were too big.
"The second fight he claimed I was taking steroids. What's his excuse for the third fight? I know New Zealand wants to see it.
"It has the history. I want the chance to knock out David Tua. If I get the chance to fight David again I'll probably look like a crack head. I'm going for blood.
"He will probably make every excuse because he's a coward. I used to have a lot of respect for David. But he doesn't appreciate the status he has and realise the whole country is behind him."
Doping allegations marred Barrett's victory over Tua. Belated urine samples revealed he had taken a banned stimulant in the rematch.
The New Yorker claimed he bought the supplement over the counter and makes no secret of the fact he is still taking substances.
"I'm not worried about that. I'm still taking supplements," Barrett said.
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