Monte Barrett Says McCline Can Beat Peter

By Scoop Malinowski: Ran into Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett at the Training Grounds Gym this afternoon, and he likes the chances of Jameel McCline tonight against WBC Interim champ Samuel Peter."McCline has it here (pointing to his heart), he has heart," says Barrett. "It's just that sometimes his fear overtakes his confidence. He has the skills to beat Peter. But he has to be careful because Peter's an animal.."

At times it can be said McCline, who only started boxing at the age of 25, does seem to suffer from apparent confidence lapses, but that's understandable considering most of the people he's fighting have much more experience. Still, McCline should be credited for how far he has been able to take his career after the late start.

I asked Big Time what the key to him beating Peter is? "Using my jab, keep him on the outside. Using my size and my strength and my lateral movement."

The same question was asked to Peter's chief conditioning coach Ibn Cason. "Patience. Just have fun with him. Relax. Have fun. Whatever opportunity presents itself, we're gonna take it. Whether it be punch hard, whether it be aggression, whether it be sit back and relax and counterpunching - only the fighter knows that when he gets into the ring. So, Samuel is such a skilled fighter and well-versed, he figures that out when he's in the ring. He's prepared to do whatever it takes."

Article posted on 05.10.2007

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