Showtime Championship Boxing will come out with both fists blazing on Feb. 5 when its first telecast of 2005 features a grudge rematch between world welterweight champion Cory "The Next Generation" Spinks and former two-time world titlist Zab "Super" Judah. In a sensational co-feature, Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett (Boxingtalk #10) faces undefeated Owen "What The Heck" Beck in a 12-round heavyweight elimination bout. Showtime will televise the doubleheader at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on West Coast). Don King Productions will present the event from the Savvis Center in St. Louis.
MONTE BARRETT (30-3, 16 KOs)
"This is a great opportunity for me and I thank SHOWTIME and Don King for making it happen. I am ready for anything. It really does not matter what people think of me as a fighter. I know who I am. The only respect I am looking for is from my family and my camp. I am a diamond in the rough. It is my time to shine. I am in excellent position to control my own destiny. After all I have gone through and overcome, it is inevitable that I will become world heavyweight champ.
"Beck is a young guy who has done everything asked of him so far. I am looking for a great fight. But I am totally relaxed and extremely confident. Beck has been put on a pedestal, but the more he talks, the more he is going to pay."
OWEN BECK (24-0, 18 KOs)
"I am not a Dominick Guinn or close to it. I am Owen Beck. I wish the fight was now not Saturday. My main thing is to establish in the ring what I have been working on in training. Barrett is a crafty, durable guy and a sneaky counter-puncher. He is always in shape and can take a good shot and come back. But he likes to pace himself and go the distance. We are fighting my fight on Saturday. I am going to establish the pace. Believe me, Monte Barrett has never seen what I am going to bring to the table. My main concern is that Barrett shows up. I am undefeated and will leave the ring undefeated."