Barrett plows Fields in one!
By Benny Henderson Jr. Doghouse Boxing (June 30, 2008) DoghouseBoxing.com (Photo © German Villasenor)  
You’ve heard the old adage, “the bigger they are, the harder they fall”. That was the case this past Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV, when the former heavyweight contender Monte Barrett 34-6 (20) plowed over the 6’8” Tye Fields 41-2 (37) at just 0:57 seconds of the opening round.

Fields, who is a former starting forward for the San Diego State basketball team, came into the bout outweighing Barrett by forty-six pounds, and the big man did not waste anytime on jumping on the smaller Barrett as the fight began.

The 33-year-old southpaw, who was coming off back-to-back first round wins, looked to make this his third on the trot as he took the fight to Barrett. A heavy left hand to the body hurt Barrett as he retreated to the ropes. But when it all appeared to be over for Barrett, he threw a big right hand that shook the big man, and with three more to follow Fields would hit the canvas flat on his back.

Fields reached his feet by the ten count but was in no form to continue, which prompted referee Kenny Bayless to wave off the bout giving Barrett the quick win at 57-seconds into the first round.

Fields, who has not lost a bout since 2001 when he was decked in the first round by two fight novice Jeff Ford, has had nothing but success since then, defeating the usual suspects and padding his record along the way. Barrett on the other hand has faced some of the most notable fighters in the business today and although most of these fights resulted in losses, they were spirited efforts.

What is next for these two?

Fields, although highly touted by promoter Bob Arum, has not been put on a pedestal by the media and most scribes felt it was just a matter of time until the big man would be exposed, so who knows where goes from here.

It appeared last year that the end was near for Barrett, who finished up a three fight losing streak with an embarrassing first round loss to Cliff Couser. But since that point Barrett has earned himself three consecutive first round knockouts victories, one being payback over Couser.

Can Barrett get another title shot and make good with another go around, or will he be labeled as a gatekeeper weeding out the pretenders? It remains to be seen what his win over Fields will bring, but at the very least it’s breathed new life into his boxing career.



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