Minto calls on Barry to plot Cameron's downfall
American Brian Minto has called on Kevin Barry to try to plot the downfall of Kiwi heavyweight boxer Shane Cameron next month.
Minto arrived in New Zealand yesterday morning as he eyes a date with Cameron in the ring on December 14 in Auckland. The Cameron-Minto clash is the main event on the Fight for Life card.
With the 38-year-old American as he got off the plane in Auckland yesterday was Las Vegas-based Kiwi trainer Barry.
Minto's manager Pat Nelson last week approached Barry about the prospect of putting the final touches on Minto's leadup to the Cameron fight and to also be in his corner on fight night.
The 1982 Olympic silver medallist, who currently trains New Zealand's rising heavyweight star Joseph Parker, originally said no to the idea.
Barry had Parker in camp in Las Vegas with their latest training block scheduled to run through to December 6.
However after talking with Parker Barry decided he would in fact prepare Minto and also train Parker in Auckland over the next couple of weeks.
Parker will not stay with family but instead stay in the same hotel as Barry and Minto and train exactly like he has been in Las Vegas.
"He said go for it," Barry said of Parker's response.
"He was happy with it provided we stayed together and trained three times a day like we have been in Las Vegas. He was happy to finish the last three weeks of the training camp in New Zealand."
The ironic thing about Barry taking on the role of training Minto for the Cameron fight is that a Cameron-Parker New Zealand heavyweight showdown looks almost certain to happen in the next 12 months as well.
And if Minto was to beat Cameron then Minto could become a possible opponent for Parker next year.
Barry acknowledged everything was pointing to a Cameron-Parker stoush and agreed he would get a good look at Cameron through his role as Minto's trainer over the next few weeks.
"I'm not going to get a better look at (Cameron) am I," he said yesterday on his arrival to New Zealand.
"Look I think a Joseph Parker-Shane Cameron fight is inevitable but at the moment Joseph's got a fight coming up on March 22 in Nelson and Cameron has got Minto to contend with."
Barry said the Cameron-Minto fight shaped up to be an exciting fight given both fighters were similar in stature and liked to come forward and trade punches - unlike the lacklustre David Tua-Alexander Ustinov fight that played out in Hamilton recently.
He said Cameron and Minto also were very similar in many other areas including age and experience and for both they need wins to keep their career going.
"On paper I think this is going to be a really good fight for the boxing fans."
He said it was limited in what changes he could make with Minto in such a short space of time with him but his role was about assessing "fight styles" and in particular how Minto can beat Cameron.