Harry Garside fires back at Jeff Fenech, Manuer Matet, fight, how to watch, video, highlights

It was the line that turned heads at Monday’s press conference: “I’m not going to say he’s going to beat you but he’s going to give you a lot of problems.”

The line was spoken by none other than Jeff Fenech, one of Australia’s most respected voices and a former world champion, as he wondered why Harry Garside (1-0), a youngster promised a bright future, had opted for a difficult second. professional fight against Manuer Matet (4-1-0).

“Harry certainly has a heck of a fighter ahead of him,” Fenech continued, speaking outside Garside alongside his own fighter Hassan Hamdan who will face Mirko Pizzi.

“I’m proud of Harry for doing it, but it’s not a fight I would have had for my guy having his second fight. I might have watched it later, so I think it was a very, very brave move for the Garside team to do this and I’m sure they’re ready.

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Harry Garside fired back after Jeff Fenech questioned whether he picked the right fight. Photo: News Corp.Source: News Corp Australia

In response, Garside, who won Australia’s first Olympic boxing medal in decades in Tokyo, said Fenech’s rationale was the reason he was not working with Fenech.

“That’s why he’s not my coach because I want to test myself,” Garside said foxsports.com.au of the Hordern pavilion.

“I don’t want to fight taxi drivers, charge my family and friends for tickets, flights are expensive, that stuff is expensive, I’m from Melbourne and my mates, who are classy worker, come in and spend money take half of Tuesday, all of Wednesday off, and they come to support me and I don’t want to fight people that I’m just going to knock down in one round.

“I want to fight people who are actually a challenge and I have to bring the best version of myself.

“If Jeff wants to go with this guy, it’s up to him. But I don’t want to do that throughout my career.

Garside’s emphatic, albeit respectful, response summed up the 24-year-old.

The Melbourne lad doesn’t want to follow the path most boxers take.

Where most, including Matet, engage in slang battles, Garside has no problem biting his tongue.


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Respect is what he wants and what he will offer his opponents.

“To be honest, I don’t even think about it,” he says.

“I’ve always considered boxing a sport and that’s all it is at the end of the day. You can do your best to talk trash, and I know loads of international fights that do, Mohammed Ali, I tattooed him on my leg, and he kind of started talking trash, but I was never about it.

“I respect anyone for stepping into the ring. It’s a massive, vulnerable state to be inside that ring and I respect anyone who jumps in there and fights. Whether you have a rookie fight, a spar, when you walk into that ring you know how it feels and I respect everyone who walks in.

“I don’t think I’ll ever talk about trash.”

After Matet, who fired back and forth including that he would kill Garside during their press conference, headed for the door half an hour later, the Sudanese-born boxer shook hands and bid farewell to his opponent.

“All the best bros,” Garside said in response.

“It’s good,” he added after Matet’s departure.

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The question is why?

“My boxing team around me, my trainer Brian Levier, Johnny Lewis, they were never like that,” says Garside.

“I just focus on preparing as best I can and showing up.

“I used to look up to people like Shane Crawford and Jimmy Stynes, AFL football players, you never heard them on the news for the wrong reason, Cathy Freeman, she was amazing, Ash Barty, how good she is. These people, you’ve never heard them speak ill of their opponents in any way. It’s just a sport.

“Win, lose or draw, obviously I want to win, I’m competitive, I have a huge ego, but provided you’ve done your best, that’s all you can.”

While Garside disagreed with Fenech’s “slow, slow” approach, he agrees that Matet is no mere surprise.

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Harry Garside celebrates with his bronze medal on day sixteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Kokugikan Arena on August 08, 2021 in Tokyo. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

But the bronze medalist, whose professional career began with an early TKO win over Sachin Mudaliar last December, believes he will prevail.

“I think it’s going to go deep,” Garside said.

“He showed in his last fight that he is tough. Of course, he was never arrested. It’s going to be a good, tough fight.

“I’ve never fought anything in three rounds. I hope it goes deep, it will be a good fight then. I want to see what it feels like to do eight, nine, 10 rounds. But I predict a late stop for sure.

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