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Heavyweight prospect Luis Ortiz retires 42 year old Monte Barrett

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Last night, from the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California, a perennial contender from a much more competitive heavyweight era was punched into retirement. In the scheduled ten round headliner, undefeated Heavyweight prospect Luis Ortiz (21-0, 18 KOs) dominated two-time world title challenger Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett (35-11-2, 20 KOs) and finally stopped the courageous 18 year professional at the 0:38 mark of the fourth stanza with a punishing left hand that Monte didn't see coming.

After going down to one knee, experienced referee Raul Caiz Sr. justly called a halt to bout without giving the New York based fighter the "benefit" of a count.

The talented 34 year old Cuban native played the role of sharpshooter last night, as he consistently timed the overmatched former contender with hard left hands to the body and head. Ortiz couldn't miss with the left hand from different angles and ranges, and virtually had his way with the brave fight veteran.

Early this morning, the always tough and willing former contender addressed his fans with this sobering announcement:

"I want to thank all you guys for your love and support," stated Monte Barrett. "I've been doing something that I love for 18 years but it's time to close this chapter and walk into new doors of opportunity."

"If I can't compete with the best it's time to accept that and keep it moving. I officially retired from boxing last night. I've had a great run and hold my head up as exit out. Who ever thought a kid from south Jamaica Queens would accomplish so much and gain so much love . Keep me in your prayers...God bless."

The proud Queens resident fought a virtual who's who in the Heavyweight division for almost two decades, while pulling off the occasional upset.

As a young prospect, Monte had several impressive victories against Greg Page, Phil Jackson, and Tm Witherspoon. After losing a very difficult assignment to a young Wladimir Klitschko, the crafty New Yorker played spoiler in handing fellow prospects Dominick Guinn and Owen Beck their first losses as professionals.

Although Barrett always showed up to win, he fell short in his only two world title opportunities to Hasim Rahman (2005) and Nikolai Valuev (2006).

Thanks for the memories, "Two Gunz"!!
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