Harry Garside v Manuer Matet, result, scores, sitting


The boxing world is stunned after Harry Garside opted out of a grueling 10-round bout with Manuer Matet on Wednesday night, in which he kept his professional record intact.

The Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist picked up a unanimous points victory over Matet to become the Australian National Boxing Federation’s new lightweight champion – and not once has he taken a seat between rounds.

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“It started at a blistering pace,” Fox Sports commentator Ben Damon said in a post-fight interview with Garside.

“Why the decision to stand up between rounds throughout this fight and are you surprised at how fresh you look right now?”

Garside explained why he chose not to sit out despite the intensity of the fight and the fact that he went the distance at Hordern Pavilion in Moore Park.

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“I’ve never sat down before. I’ve never sat down in a fight, I’ve never sat down in a fight,” Garside said.

“I know it’s the longest fight I’ve ever had, but I never understood sitting down.

“You never sit down when you’re training – most boxers don’t – and I think when you sit down your mind tells you that you’re about to quit.

“So I have to stay on my feet, keep my legs moving, especially against an opponent like Manuer, who comes at me and (is) tough as nails.”

Two judges ruled 98-92 and the other 99-91.

It was Garside’s second professional fight and he got the win in a very different way than the first.

The 24-year-old’s debut, against Sachin Mudaliar in December, ended with a controversial first-round TKO.

Wednesday night’s 10-round bout gave fans a long glimpse of his enormous promise, as he operated with lightning-fast footwork, soaring punches, dead punches and extraordinary physical form.

In keeping with his towering standards, Garside gave his fight a disastrous assessment.

“I’m still a massive critic…” he said.

“It was a terrible performance and I’m still looking to grow, always looking to be the best version of myself.

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“I’m going to go back to the gym, watch this fight.

“There is always room for improvement.”

On the contrary, Australian boxing great Barry Michael described Garside’s performance as “phenomenal”.

“…nice position and timing. He’s like a ghost in there. He lands his punches and he’s gone,” Michael said.

“And he fought a very believable opponent who is also in superb condition, who has great reflexes, and he just took him down. It was amazing.

“I never thought he lost a set. I thought the scores were a little closer than they should have been.”

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