Cairns still in the dark over ICC investigation

LIAM NAPIER
Last updated 15:21 13/12/2013
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NAMED: Chris Cairns preparing for the Fight For Life.

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Embattled former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns says the International Cricket Council's response to his formal letter is "entirely inappropriate".

Speaking today at the Fight for Life weigh-in, Cairns confirmed his lawyers had drafted a second letter to the ICC to understand why he had been named, along with Lou Vincent and Daryl Tuffey, as being involved in a match-fixing investigation.

"I don't have anything more to report. At this stage I don't know if I am or am not part of an investigation," Cairns said.

"We wrote a letter to the ICC. We've heard back from them...we felt (their response) was entirely inappropriate. We've gone back to them again seeking further clarification. That's where it's at." 

Cairns, ahead of his fight with fellow former New Zealand cricketer Simon Doull, weighed in at 96.6 kilograms today. He has lost 20kg training under the tutelage of experienced trainer Monty Betham.

"It's a nice distraction," he said.

"I've been training hard with Monty Betham. That's the only way he knows how to do things. I'm thoroughly looking forward to it.

"It's easily the hardest discipline I've done."

Headlining the Fight for Life card, Shane Cameron tipped the scales at 99.2kg for his comeback fight. His opponent, American brawler Brain Minto, cut a lean figure at 96kg.

Australian rugby league star Sam Thaiday (113kg) will be giving up a whopping 31kg to Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna (144kg).

All Blacks flanker Liam Messam (105kg) has a slight edge over Kangaroos enforcer Paul Gallen (102kg), as both put their 1-0 records on the line.

And Stephen McIvor (83kg) will take a superior weight advantage over Steve Kilgallon (72kg).

Fight for Life card: 

Shane Cameron (99.2kg) v Brian Minto (96kg) 

Sam Thaiday (113kg) v Ben Tameifuna (144kg) 

Paul Gallen (102kg) v Liam Messam (105kg) 

Chris Cairns (96.6kg) v Simon Doull 

Stephen McIvor (83kg) v Steve Kilgallon (72kg) 

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