Monty Betham

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Monty Betham Jr
Personal information
Full nameMontgomery Junior Betham[1]
Born (1978-03-12) 12 March 1978 (age 40)
Auckland, New Zealand
Playing information
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight94 kg (14 st 11 lb)
PositionHooker, Second-row, Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1999–05 NZ Warriors 101 10 0 0 40
2006 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 26 2 0 0 8
Total 127 12 0 0 48
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2000 Samoa 4 1 0 0 4
2001–06 New Zealand 9 1 0 0 4
Source: [2]

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.


Betham was born in Auckland, New Zealand on 12 March 1978. His father, Samoan-born Monty Betham Sr., had 53 professional fights as a middleweight or light heavyweight from 1973-1982.

Rugby league career[edit]

Betham was a Bay Roskill Vikings junior, he was selected to play for Samoa at the 2000 World Cup.[3] 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.[4] 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

Boxing career[edit]

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.[5]

Professional boxing record[edit]

8 Wins (5 knockouts, 3 decisions), 1 Losses, 0 Draws
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 8–1 New Zealand James Langton UD 10 2015-11-03 New Zealand SkyCity Convention Centre, Auckland City, Auckland Won NZNBF Cruiserweight title.
Win 7–1 Australia Adam Hollioake TKO 4 (4) 2015-03-28 New Zealand Horncastle Arena, Christchurch, Canterbury
Win 6–1 New Zealand Carlos Spencer TKO 3 (4), 0:35 2014-12-06 New Zealand Claudelands Arena, Hamilton, Waikato
Loss 5–1 New Zealand Shane Cameron UD 6 2011-12-03 New Zealand Trusts Stadium, Henderson, Auckland
Win 5–0 Australia James Chan UD 6 2007-08-03 New Zealand SkyCity Convention Centre, Auckland City, Auckland
Win 4–0 New Zealand Frank Asiata UD 6 2007-07-14 New Zealand ASB Stadium, Kohimarama, Auckland
Win 3–0 New Zealand Aaron Bartlett TKO 1 (6), 1:56 2007-06-08 New Zealand SkyCity Convention Centre, Auckland City, Auckland
Win 2–0 Australia Trevor Loomes KO 2 (6), 0:44 2007-04-27 Australia Gold Coast Turf Club, Gold Coast, Queensland
Win 1–0 New Zealand Vai Toevai KO 6 (10), 1:25 2007-03-31 Samoa Faleata Sports Complex, Apia, Tuamasaga Won vacant Samoa Cruiserweight title.
Professional debut.


Regional/International Titles:


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.[6] 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)[edit]

In December 2007 it was announced that Betham would compete in season 4 of Dancing with the Stars which started in February 2008.[7][8] 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).


The Shopping Channel[edit]

In October 2012 Betham became one of the inaugural TV presenters on The Shopping Channel (New Zealand), New Zealand's first and only home shopping channel.[9]

Monty Betham's Steps for Life Foundation[edit]

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".[10]

Personal life[edit]

After returning home from competing on Treasure Island, Betham and his wife Jaymie celebrated the birth of their first child, a son.[11] Betham's wife is currently expecting their second child.


  1. ^ [1] Archived 2 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Statistics at". 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ "Warriors profile: Monty Betham". Television New Zealand. 24 March 2005. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  5. ^ [3] Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Treasure Island: Pirates of the Pacific". Television New Zealand. Archived from the original on 16 May 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  7. ^ "2008 celebs announced..." Television New Zealand. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  8. ^ "NZ celebs set aside fears in the name of dance". The New Zealand Herald. NZPA. 16 December 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  9. ^ "Shopping for new channel hosts - National - NZ Herald News". Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  10. ^ "Monty Betham's Steps for Life Foundation". Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  11. ^ "Monty Betham". Television New Zealand. Archived from the original on 16 May 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2011.

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Preceded by
Megan Alatini & Jonny Williams
Dancing with the Stars (New Zealand) runner up
Season 4 (2008 with Nerida Jantti)
Succeeded by
Barbara Kendall & Jonny Williams