Shane Cameron notched the most notable win of his career on Thursday, knocking out faded American Monte Barrett with a huge right hand in the fourth round of their fight in Auckland.
Cameron (29-2, 22 KO) seemed to have the 41-year-old Barrett scouted pretty well, as he rather easily avoided Barrett's lone good punch -- an overhand right -- through most of the first three rounds, and took advantage of Barrett leaving his left hand at his side too often, scoring with a few decent right hands. But there wasn't a ton between them through those three rounds, and judges at that point had it 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28 for the New Zealand fighter.
Then just after the opening bell of the fourth round, both loaded up with right hands. Shane Cameron's got there first, smashing Barrett (35-10-2, 20 KO) right in the face and putting him on the canvas. It was clear right away that "2 Gunz" wouldn't be getting up from the blow, and Cameron began a celebration.
Barrett stayed down for a while, but was able to get up. It was briefly a fairly scary moment, but he was responding and the medics were right on top of things after the KO.
For Cameron, 34, it's... well, it's a nice win for a regional fighter. He's too old to suddenly become some serious contender, and beating Barrett, who is 1-4-2 in his last seven, just doesn't say a lot. Monte has been shot for years, and the only thing we learned from his win over David Tua last year is that Tua is just as shot.
Prior to beating Tua, Barrett had engaged in an eight-round fight with club fighter Charles Davis in West Virginia, and all he came out with was a draw. A month and a half later, Davis would be on the canvas four times, stopped in two rounds by Seth Mitchell, and he was on an 0-4 run prior to facing Barrett, too.
I'd say it's the end of the line for Barrett, but he's really been in this position for a while now. Cameron may indeed get something out of this. The fight netted him a couple of minor WBO titles and should improve his standing in their ratings, so who knows? We're in a world where Hasim Rahman is getting mandatory title appointments.