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An emotional Harry Garside has revealed the hidden anxieties plaguing him ahead of his Australian title defence, dedicating the victory to his mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last week.

Wearing pink socks, Garside was well ahead on the scorecards against Layton McFerran before winning via a seventh-round TKO.

He held back tears as he spoke to reporters afterwards, when he praised his mother’s fighting spirit.

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“This one was for her,” he said.

“If this were to happen to anyone in the family, I’m grateful that it happened to her – she’s by far the strongest. So she’ll be fine.

“It was hard, that was why I wore the pink socks. I knew I had to do it for her. I knew she would watch, she couldn’t come because she couldn’t risk contracting COVID. I know she’ll be cheering at home.”

He was asked if he thought he made her proud. The answer? Still.

“I have the best parents in the world. Very lucky,” added Garside.

And while that pales in comparison to the news about his mother, he also announced that his hands were seriously injured during the preparation.

“Hands are pretty screwed up,” he said before quickly apologizing for swearing.

“My hands are pretty screwed up, mate. That’s for sure.

“I knew before this fight that they were bad, but I never walk away from a fight. I wouldn’t give up the opportunity to fight in Newcastle.

“I’m pretty sure it’s the boxer’s knuckle in this one (his left). Not too sure about this one. I’ll do all the scans I need to do and then whatever the doctor says. But hopefully I can have two or three fights before the end of the year.”

Garside said that while he wasn’t making excuses, the condition of his hands affected his ability to land big punches.

“It was a good performance, he was a tough opponent. I couldn’t really charge my shots, no excuses, I’m not a big puncher, I know that, but I couldn’t really charge my shots because I knew my hands were screwed up,” Garside said.

“I was happy with how I was picking my shots, landed a few good clean shots. Got caught with a few shots, always room to improve and improve.”

Garside leaves Newcastle with his title safely in hand and with plenty of praise for McFerran, who fought valiantly.

“It was a bloody fight mate, my hands hurt badly. He was a tough opponent,” Garside said.

“In the first minute of the seventh round he was coming on strong, I really had to get something out of my butt in that last minute before the stoppage.

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“He’s shown he’s an incredible opponent and there’s a reason he’s only suffered one defeat before me.”

After two much more consistent opening rounds than expected, Garside knew something had to change.

“Johnny said about the third or fourth round (I needed to step up). I wanted to feel the first two rounds, I knew he had some dangerous overhand rights so I had to watch out for them.

“Once I found my rhythm in the third and fourth, I was really able to start playing.”

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