NEW YORK (May 26, 2010) – “Tua De Force” has shifted sites and will now continue July 17 at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City as Samoan strongman David “Tuamanator” Tua, coming off a near shutout victory by unanimous 12-round decision this past March, faces former world title challenger Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett.
The Tua-Barrett fight had been tentatively scheduled for June 26 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Gotham Boxing will co-promote the July 17th event in Atlantic City with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
“I was looking forward to Brazil because of the opportunity to expand David’s marketability in new areas, namely throughout Latin America,” Gotham Boxing President and Tua’s promoter Cedric Kushner explained. “However, the biggest and most important market, obviously, still is the United States and, therefore, fighting in New Jersey will give David’s career that extra bump. I want to thank Joe DeGuardia for working with me on this high-profile show in the middle of the summer.”
Tua (51-3-1, 43 KOs), rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Organization, remains arguably the most dangerous puncher in boxing today. It’s been eight years since “The Tuamanator” last fought in Atlantic City, where he is undefeated in 13 fights with 12 knockouts.
Tua, who successfully defended his WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental heavyweight title belts against Friday Ahunanya (120-108, 119-109, 117-111), has defeated former world champions John Ruiz (KO1), Michael Moorer (KO1) and Oleg Maskaev (KO11) in Atlantic City, in addition to Hasim Rahman (KO10), during his explosive career.
“I’m delighted to be fighting in the U.S. again,” Tua commented, “especially in Atlantic City where I’ve had so much success in the past.”
Barrett (34-9, 20 KOs), now fighting out of New Jersey, is also unbeaten in Atlantic City, sporting a perfect 7-0 (5 KOs) record there. “I was looking forward to Brazil,” Monte added, “but there’s nothing like fighting at home.”
New Zealand’s national indigenous broadcaster, Maori Television, will present exclusive, live and free-to-air coverage of Tua’s July 17th fight.
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