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VIDEO: American Monte Barrett tests positive for drugs after David Tua fight - rematch, wants belts back

Wednesday 30 Nov 2011 4:37 p.m.

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By Hamish McKay

David Tua’s shot at a world heavyweight title could be back on the table.

Tua’s latest opponent Monte Barrett has tested positive to a banned stimulant after their August bout; a fight which Tua lost sending him spiralling out of heavyweight contention.

Now Tua wants his title belts back and a rematch is also on the cards. He is angry and he wants justice.

It appeared to be a miracle; Barrett’s twelfth round rebound from the canvas to win their August 13 bout.   

3 News has been provided with the documentation that confirms Barrett's "two guns" were loaded with the banned stimulant methylhex-anemine that ended ten years undefeated for Tua.

Now his lawyer Blair Edwards wants the World Boxing Organisation to take action.

“We've asked the WBO to overturn the result of the match. We have also asked for the return of the belts that Barrett has in his possession and we have asked for David’s rankings to be reinstated to be where they were before the fight,” says Mr Edwards.

While the WBO is not aligned with the international drug testing body WADA, Tua says a failed test is a failed test.      

Despite his drop down the rankings, Tua has continued training.

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