ST. LOUIS — In heavyweight boxing news, undefeated Owen “What the Heck” Beck will face the toughest challenge of his career when he squares off against Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett in a 12-round IBF/WBC heavyweight championship elimination bout presented by Don King Productions as part of the Spinks vs. Judah II: Arch Rivals…Meet Me in St. Louis card at Savvis Center on Feb. 5. Beck vs. Barrett will also be featured on the SHOWTIME telecast of the event at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Beck (24-0, 18 KOs), from Jamaica now living in Nashville, is the No. 4-ranked contender by the World Boxing Association and the World Boxing Council while Barrett (30-3, 16 KOs), from Queens, N.Y., is ranked No. 3 by the WBC, No. 4 by the World Boxing Organization, and No. 7 by the International Boxing Federation. This match has been sanctioned as an elimination bout by both the IBF and WBC, with the winner moving closer to a coveted world title match.
While Beck boasts the unblemished professional record, Barrett has faced stiffer competition. Barrett’s three loses came against world-class opponents Wladimir Klitschko, Lance “Mount” Whitaker and “Baby” Joe Mesi. Beck, however, remains undaunted.
“My strategy is that I'm not concerned about the scorecards,” Beck said. “I plan to work Barrett with my speed and knock him out. I'm turning over my over my punches very well right now.”
Barrett scoffs at Beck’s optimism.
“Owen better stop believing all that undefeated hype,” Barrett said. “He has no chance against me. His nickname is ‘What the Heck,’ but I’m going to change that to ‘Hit the Deck.’”
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Who will win? Wladimir Klitschko or Tyson Fury?