Feature | Highlight 3 | Issue | Premium | Sep 02 2019

The Full Monte

Five years after his last bout, Elliot Worsell tracks down Monte Barrett in Hackensack, New Jersey and finds a heavyweight full of regret, ideas and fight
Monte Barrett
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INSIDE a gym in Hackensack, New Jersey, I watch Monte Barrett look out the window and wonder where it is he imagines himself going. It’s sunny outside, perfect weather for an actual stroll, yet the former heavyweight contender, a free man at 48, voluntarily stays inside, doing this, pacing on a treadmill, content to pretend. He remains in the gym, his comfort zone, five years after his last fight, and it’s hard to fathom why.

In the end, as his walk becomes a sprint, I contemplate not where Barrett is going but who or what he is running from. Perhaps it’s temptation. Perhaps that’s the opponent these days.

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