As a fan and writer with a long standing love-hate relationship with professional journeyman I was delighted to see veteran warhorse Cliff Couser deliver the victory and performance of his career by knocking out Monte Barrett – a previously sturdy and pedigree heavyweight. OK, so pedigree affords him more gravitas than his career merited but you catch the drift. Couser is a professional loser, that’s his job, his mandate. But something went horribly right on Friday.
In stopping Barrett in two, Couser surpassed the comparative achievements of Nikolay Valuev and Wladimir Klitschko who defeated the 36 year old in 11 and 7 rounds respectively, and in doing so Couser improved his record to 26-12-2 (14). Barrett surely reaches the end of the line as a leading contender. He’d be a tough sell now, even in these fractured times. For context, in the fight preceding this one Couser was stopped in two by Rob Calloway and before that in one by Michael Moorer. He’s bucked a trend.
Cliff Couser has been a regular contributor on the boxrec.com forums in recent months, desperatley trying to secure paydays. A curious medium for a well know ‘opponent’ to follow but by paradox he may now find the phone rings even less. Nobody could predict such a dramatic sea-change in fortunes for the circuit regular. I wish him well with his new found fame and credibility. I hope he can capitalise on it in the months ahead.
Fightnews.com carried this report on Saturday, click here.
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