|Full name||Montgomery Junior Betham|
12 March 1978 |
Auckland, New Zealand
|Height||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||94 kg (14 st 11 lb)|
Monty Betham (born 12 March 1978 in Auckland, New Zealand) is a professional boxer and former rugby league footballer and junior world karate champion. A New Zealand international representative forward, he played club football for the New Zealand Warriors of the National Rugby League and for the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (captain) (Heritage #1234) of Super League.
Betham was runner-up on Season 4 of NZ Dancing With The Stars in 2008.
Rugby league career
Betham was a Bay Roskill Vikings junior and represented New Zealand in eight tests and also played for Samoa at the 2000 World Cup. His position of choice was at Loose forward/Lock but he also played at hooker. On the field Betham was known for his aggressive style of play. He was once voted the player that the opposition players least want to pick a fight with during a nrl players poll.
In December 2006 Betham announced his retirement from rugby league in order to pursue a career in boxing. Betham will start out in the cruiserweight division and hopes to work his way down to light heavyweight.
Betham is trained by Danny Codling and managed by Mick Watson.
- Junior Club: Papatoetoe & Bay Roskill
- First Grade Début: Round 1, Auckland v Sydney City at Aussie Stadium, 8 March 1999
- Career Stats: 101 career games to date scoring 10 tries
- Professional Boxing Début: On 31 March 2006 Monty Defeated Vai Toevai By KO In The Sixth Round Of Their Bout In Apia, Samoa.
- Boxing Career Record - 5-0-0
In 2007 Monty competed in New Zealand reality show Treasure Island:Pirates of the Pacific. In March 2008 he competed on New Zealand Celebrity Joker Poker, he made it to the final three on the final episode before being eliminated (Shortland Street actor Craig Parker was the overall winner).
Dancing With The Stars (New Zealand, Season 4)
In December 2007 it was announced that Monty will compete in season 4 of Dancing With The Stars which starts in February 2008. On January 28, 2008 it was revealed on The Edge (radio station) that Monty's professional dance partner would be Nerida Jantti (girlfriend of Shane Cortese). On April 15, 2008 he was named runner-up (Temepara George being the overall winner).
- Treasure Island: Pirates of the Pacific (2007)
- Dancing With The Stars (Season 4, 2008)
- Celebrity Joker Poker (16–30 March 2008)
The Shopping Channel
Monty Betham's Steps for Life Foundation
With his sister Chante Betham-Spencer (CEO) he founded Monty Betham's Steps for Life Foundation in 2010 to "Help NZ youth and families in the fight against childhood obesity in NZ".
After returning home from competing on Treasure Island, Monty and his wife Jaymie celebrated the birth of their first child, a son. Monty's wife is currently expecting their second child.
- BETHAM, MONTGOMERY JUNIOR 2001 - 2003, 2006 - KIWI #691 nzleague.co.nz
- Bay Roskill Rugby League Inc aucklandleague.co.nz
- "Warriors profile: Monty Betham". Television New Zealand. 24 March 2005. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
- "Treasure Island: Pirates of the Pacific". Television New Zealand. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
- New Zealand Reality TV: Monty Betham Signed to DWTS
- "2008 celebs announced...". Television New Zealand. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
- "NZ celebs set aside fears in the name of dance". The New Zealand Herald. NZPA. 16 December 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
- Shopping for new channel hosts The New Zealand Herald 2012-07-01
- "Monty Betham's Steps for Life Foundation". Retrieved 26 October 2014.
- "Monty Betham". Television New Zealand. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
- Matheson, John (2008). Monty Betham: baring my soul. Australia: HarperCollins. ISBN 978-1-86950-736-7.
- Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org
- Monty Betham Official Player Profile
- Monty Betham NRL Player Profile
- Monty Betham Jr. At Boxrec 
- Monty Betham Official Website 
- Monty Betham's Steps for Life Foundation
Megan Alatini & Jonny Williams
|Dancing with the Stars (New Zealand) runner up
Season 4 (2008 with Nerida Jantti)
Barbara Kendall & Jonny Williams