Public fancy Arkle in clash
Jaime Ridge may have been picked as the favourite for tonight's celebrity boxing match but the public's money is on The GC star Rosanna Arkle.
The pair will go toe-to-toe in an undercard match at the KFC Godfather of Fight Nights in Auckland.
The TAB have picked Ridge to win, she's paying $1.55 compared to Arkle at $2.30, but as of yesterday the punters were picking the lighter fighter.
TAB bookkeeper Mark Stafford said no major bets had been placed on the girls but Arkle - who was yesterday 7kgs lighter on the scales - was winning in the backing stakes.
The fight was also proving more popular than other undercard matches.
''At this stage there is twice as much money on Rosanna to win but I think that will change,'' Stafford said.
''There is ten times more money on the Jaime Ridge vs Rosanna Arkle fight than what the Jesse Ryder vs Mark Watson has,'' he said.
Stafford, who wouldn't reveal exactly how much money had been bet, is backing Ridge.
''I've seen Jaime training and I was really impressed.''
Stafford said Arkle has treated the event as a beauty pageant rather than a sporting event. The bikini she will fight in was chosen through a radio competition.
''Jaime looks good, but having said that I haven't seen Rosanna train,'' he said. ''Rosanna is all about the bikini while Jaime is treating it as sporting event.''
Stafford said he didn't expect a knockout victory in the celebrity undercard bout but is confident Ridge's sporting bloodlines - her dad Matthew was an All Black and Warrior - would give her the advantage.
''I think we will see the Matthew Ridge come out. He was a serious competitor and when the chips were down he never gave up,'' he said.
''Monty Betham said Jaime is the same - if her nose breaks or she gets a cut eye she won't run for the hills.''
While gamblers haven't been quick to lay down big bets on the girls it's a different story for the main bout between Shane Cameron and WBO Oriental heavy weight title holder Monty Barrett.
One punter has bet $12,000 on Barrett.
''There is overwhelming financial support for Monty to beat Shane but there will be a lot of verbal support for Shane,'' he said.
Stafford said Barrett's heavyweight fight experience will give him the upper hand.
''Monty has fought five or six heavy weights champs, he hasn't beaten them, but he fought them,'' he said. ''Shane hasn't done that and isn't known for a knock-out punch.
Stafford wants Cameron to win.
''I think this might be the end for him and he cuts easily,'' he said. ''I'm not doubting his heart but on ability I think Monty has it over him. But I'd love to be wrong.''
- © Fairfax NZ News
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