Kiwi ex­perts give their take on­big fight

Central Leader - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JACK­SON THOMAS

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 will 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 trained 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 was 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.’’

Pac­ing and tim­ing was the other big fac­tor in May­weather’s favour, Betham said.

‘‘May­weather is used to this for­mat - 12 three minute rounds. Conor is used to the five minute rounds.’’

Betham said he gave Mcgre­gor a 20 per cent chance of an up­set.

The fight­ers would be us­ing 10 ounce box­ing gloves.

Betham said if they were us­ing four ounce gloves, like in MMA, it would be a dif­fer­ent story.

Ris­ing New Zealand MMA star Kai Kara-France pre­dicted a Conor McGre­gor win - by sec­ond round knock­out.

Kara-France trained out of City Kick Box­ing in Eden Ter­race, along­side the likes of Kiwi UFC feath­er­weight Dan Hooker.

‘‘Conor McGre­gor knocks peo­ple out. He is a fighter and that is the big­gest dif­fer­ence for me 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.’’

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