Arkle on Ridge: 'I want to knock her out'
Thu, 31 May 2012 2:40p.m.
By 3 News online staff
Jaime Ridge and The GC star Rosanna Arkle have faced off for the first time before they meet in the boxing ring.
Ridge, 18, and Arkle, 23, will fight in an undercard match at the KFC Godfather of Fight Night on July 5.
At a press conference this afternoon, Arkle – who will fight in a bikini – said she plans to “knock [Ridge] out and then go get some KFC”.
Ridge said the fight was a great opportunity to "stretch her boundaries".
“It’s a challenge," she said. "It’ll be good.”
The daughter of former All Black Matthew Ridge is being trained by former Warrior and boxer Monty Betham, who says he is pleased with how her training has progressed.
“I thought about her and I thought, ‘surely she’s got some of her dad’s traits in her’ – which is a guy that had mental toughness and the ability to push pain barriers.”
Betham says she has been improving “out of sight” and has “had a few tears”.
Arkle says her training has also been intense.
“It’s different, which is what I like about it. I obviously enjoy fitness, [but] this is totally new to me – learning a new sport at the same time.”
Asked whether she’ll knock Ridge out, Arkle said, “I’ll do my best”.
Ridge said she has not spoken to her father about the fight, however Betham had received a text message from him telling him to "keep up the good work".
Sally Ridge was present at the press conference and said simply “Go for it, honey” when asked if she had any words for her daughter.
Ridge conceded there are "absolutely" people who will be watching the fight wanting to see her get hit.
“I think in boxing there is two sides; some people come to watch you win, some people come to watch you get put on your bum and that’s the great thing about it," Betham said."I can tell you that Jamie is working very hard to make sure that she doesn’t get put on her bum.”
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18/10/2012 12:47:49 p.m.
Sharonna Ah-K wrote:
Jamie seems like a really lovely really well spoken girl. Hope she wins. Try hard and God bless You Jamie:):):):) Good Girl!!!!
1/10/2012 9:28:07 a.m.
We were behind you our girl..I think you are a great rep for nz so classy aroha girl xox
5/07/2012 2:54:19 p.m.
I have mixed feelings about this because I treat all sports seriously and martial arts are a big part of my life. When I see a sport that is for self defense used in a b$tch fight, I keep feeling like this is a mockery to what I love and respect. Sports are usually taken up for enjoyment, fitness or in some cases self defense. This kind of fight doesn't fit into either of these categories and I feel a deep resentment for the fact that they are using this sport to not only sexualise women for their pathetic fantasies but to exploit to respect of this sport. I understand people doing activities if it earns money but this is an outrage to the sport. BIKINIS? I mean come on, I only use those for the beach, not when I'm fighting against my opponent in the sparring match. There are certain rules and etiquette that should be followed, in any sport to keep the respect and honor of the sport going. I only see people prancing around in their underwear on those variety shows for attention. It's disrespectful and pathetic, gives boxing a bad name and makes New Zealanders look like a bunch of attention seeking imbeciles. What the hell kind of image are we sending the children of future generations, that if we want money, go on tv and strip? What happened to ethics of hard work and self respect? I feel so ashamed that this is what our generation has come to.
4/07/2012 1:50:38 p.m.
what time is this fight starting??
15/06/2012 6:58:30 p.m.
Jamie seems like a really lovely really well spoken girl. Hope she wins
5/06/2012 8:48:47 a.m.
why is this on a the undercard for a professional fight. this isnt fight for life or SBW. this is a real fight night. so not worthy to be on this card
3/06/2012 3:29:04 a.m.
ID LIKE TO FIGHT THEM BOTH AT THE SAME TIME AND KNOCK THEM BOTH THE F*** OUT!!
1/06/2012 1:55:44 p.m.
I THINK IT WILL INCREASE SOMEONE'S POPULARITY.AND LET'S KEEP IT CLEAN GIRL'S!
1/06/2012 10:14:47 a.m.
I reckon shes beautifull.. and good on her for giving it a go!!!!
31/05/2012 6:55:52 p.m.
What the public don't realize, they're using pillows not gloves, its a pillow fight!For the women's pillow fight champion of N.Z
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