Kiwi fighters split on boxing mashup
Two of New Zealand’s top fighters have given their predictions on who will win what is being dubbed the ‘‘fight of the century’’ later this month.
On August 26 undefeated US boxer Floyd Mayweather and Irish ultimate fighting championship (UFC) star Conor McGregor face off in a highly anticipated boxing match in Las Vegas.
Former New Zealand cruiserweight boxing champion Monty Betham and mixed martial arts (MMA) champion Kai KaraFrance have split predictions on who will win.
Betham, who trains fighters out of Boxing Alley in Parnell, said he would bet his house on Mayweather winning by decision.
‘‘Mayweather will be too clinical,’’ Betham said.
The fact Mayweather had been boxing his whole life and that he had beaten multiple world champions would prove too much for the unproven McGregor, he said. Mayweather’s professional record is 49 wins and zero losses.
‘‘Mayweather is a special, once-in-a-lifetime type of fighter and a defensive genius. Conor can’t begin to understand just how good this guy’s defence is.’’
Betham said he gave Mcgregor a 20 per cent chance of an upset. The fighters will be using 10 ounce boxing gloves. Betham said if they were using four ounce gloves, like in MMA, it would be a different story.
The argument over whether the event would have a positive or negative affect on the sport had been hotly debated amongst combat sport analysts.
Set to be one of the biggest sporting events of all time, Betham said it could only benefit the sport.
Rising New Zealand MMA star Kai Kara-France is predicting a Conor McGregor win - by second round knockout.
Kara-France trains out of City Kick Boxing in Eden Terrace.
‘‘Conor McGregor knocks people out. He is a fighter and that is the biggest difference in this fight,’’ Kara-France said. He predicted a cat and mouse kind of fight.
‘‘Mayweather will look to do what he does best and avoid exchanging but if he does get caught early, I think he’s in big trouble,’’ he said.
The 23-year-old doubted there would be future cross-over fights.
‘‘These are the two biggest names in the game and if anyone else tried to do this, it doesn’t get the same sort of hype.’’
Kai Kara-France believes Conor McGregor’s size and ‘‘awkward style’’ will be too much for the undefeated Floyd Mayweather to deal with come August 26.