|Full name||Montgomery Junior Betham|
|Born||12 March 1978|
Auckland, New Zealand
|Height||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||94 kg (14 st 11 lb)|
|Position||Hooker, Second-row, Lock|
Montgomery Junior "Monty" Betham (born 12 March 1978) is a professional boxer, and former professional rugby league footballer. A New Zealand international representative hooker and lock, he played club football for the New Zealand Warriors of the National Rugby League, and for the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (captain) (Heritage № 1234) in the Super League.
- 1 Background
- 2 Rugby league career
- 3 Boxing career
- 4 Professional boxing record
- 5 Television
- 6 Personal life
- 7 References
- 8 Further reading
- 9 External links
Rugby league career
Betham was a Bay Roskill Vikings junior, he was selected to play for Samoa at the 2000 World Cup. Betham went on to change his international allegiance and represent New Zealand in eight tests His position of choice was at lock but he also played at hooker and second-row. 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 in an NRL players' poll.
- 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 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.
His first fight took place in Samoa on 31 March 2007. He defeated 15 fight veteran Vai Toevai in the sixth round.
Professional boxing record
|8 Wins (5 knockouts, 3 decisions), 1 Losses, 0 Draws|
|Win||8–1||James Langton||UD||10||2015-11-03||SkyCity Convention Centre, Auckland City, Auckland||Won NZNBF Cruiserweight title.|
|Win||7–1||Adam Hollioake||TKO||4 (4)||2015-03-28||Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, Canterbury|
|Win||6–1||Carlos Spencer||TKO||3 (4), 0:35||2014-12-06||Claudelands Arena, Hamilton, Waikato|
|Loss||5–1||Shane Cameron||UD||6||2011-12-03||Trusts Stadium, Henderson, Auckland|
|Win||5–0||James Chan||UD||6||2007-08-03||SkyCity Convention Centre, Auckland City, Auckland|
|Win||4–0||Frank Asiata||UD||6||2007-07-14||ASB Stadium, Kohimarama, Auckland|
|Win||3–0||Aaron Bartlett||TKO||1 (6), 1:56||2007-06-08||SkyCity Convention Centre, Auckland City, Auckland|
|Win||2–0||Trevor Loomes||KO||2 (6), 0:44||2007-04-27||Gold Coast Turf Club, Gold Coast, Queensland|
|Win||1–0||Vai Toevai||KO||6 (10), 1:25||2007-03-31||Faleata Sports Complex, Apia, Tuamasaga||Won vacant Samoa Cruiserweight title.|
Betham was runner-up on Season 4 of New Zealand Dancing With The Stars in 2008. Betham is trained by Danny Codling and managed by Mick Watson. In 2007 Betham 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 Betham would compete in season 4 of Dancing with the Stars which started in February 2008. On January 28, 2008 it was revealed on The Edge (radio station) that Betham'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, Betham and his wife Jaymie celebrated the birth of their first child, a son. Betham's wife is currently expecting their second child.
-  Archived 2 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
- "Warriors profile: Monty Betham". Television New Zealand. 24 March 2005. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
-  Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Treasure Island: Pirates of the Pacific". Television New Zealand. Archived from the original on 16 May 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
- "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 - National - NZ Herald News". Nzherald.co.nz. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
- "Monty Betham's Steps for Life Foundation". Stepsforlife.co.nz. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
- "Monty Betham". Television New Zealand. Archived from the original on 16 May 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
- Matheson, John (2008). Monty Betham: baring my soul. Australia: HarperCollins. ISBN 978-1-86950-736-7.
- 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