Chris Cairns boxing on despite scandal setback
RICHARD KNOWLER AND AARON LAWTON
Chris Cairns is determined to get on with his life despite being linked by overseas media to an alleged cricket match-fixing investigation - and that includes keeping the boxing gloves on.
Cairns last night confirmed he still intends to appear in the Fight For Life charity boxing extravaganza in Auckland next Saturday night where he is scheduled to fight fellow former Black Cap and commentator Simon Doull.
''For me, it's business as usual,'' he told Fairfax Media last night.
''I am looking forward to the night .th.th. I don't know if I'm looking forward to the fight.
''But it is a great cause and I am excited about being part of it.''
Cairns, who left TV commentary duties with Sky midway through the third day of the first New Zealand-West Indies test in Dunedin on Thursday to be with his family in Auckland, said he wasn't sure if he would reappear in time for the second test which starts in Wellington on Wednesday.
''I was only rostered on to do the first test,'' he said.
''I am probably going to catch up with the Sky guys next week. They're obviously pretty busy at the moment.''
Cairns said he had been in training for the fight and would be back in the gym today to prepare for the fight against Doull.
BETS ARE ON
The TAB will still offer odds on Chris Cairns' charity fight against Simon Doull.
TAB head bookmaker Mark Stafford said punters would still be able to place bets on the bout between the two former Black Caps in next Saturday night's Fight for Life in Auckland.
Stafford confirmed prices and odds for all fights would be released on Monday and the Cairns-Doull fight would be listed.
''The key word here is 'allegation'. It [the ICC investigation] is nothing to do with us,'' Stafford said.
''We can't not do it because it is just an allegation at this stage.
''We have heard those two are fighting [Cairns and Doull] and we have always intended to do Fight for Life, as we have every year.''
Promoter Dean Lonergan confirmed Cairns has not been scared off by the ICC investigation. Ironically, the TAB may be the biggest winners from this saga.
Cairns, who worked alongside Doull for the Sky TV commentary team until news of the investigation broke on Thursday, has unwittingly boosted interest in his fight and that may result in gamblers placing money on their bout.
Stafford said the event has always proved popular because of the high-profile sportsmen involved - especially those from the oval-ball code.
Cairns may have swung some of that interest towards the part-time pugilists from cricket.
''The demand for Fight for Life - our customers just love it - it is very popular,'' Stafford noted.
''Rugby and rugby league are two of our biggest sports where people are very well known. The fight between Hika Elliot and Paul Gallen last year was just massive.''
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