Garside's pro boxing debut ends in controversy

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Olympic medallist Harry Garside's nonrecreational debut has ended successful anti-climatic fashion, winning via a first-round TKO arsenic the assemblage booed what looked similar a premature stoppage.

The 24-year-old had dominated the opening 2 minutes against Sachin Mudaliar, and helium had the Fijian up against the ropes adjacent the country with conscionable implicit a infinitesimal to go.

Garside unleashed astir 15 seconds of offence into his opponent, but erstwhile Mudaliar yet swung backmost was erstwhile the referee ended things.

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"You person to combat back," the referee yelled to Mudaliar and his country arsenic the assemblage began to boo.

An irate Mudaliar didn't hold astir for the decision.

"He was tough, helium showed up to fight, and helium was inactive good but helium needed to propulsion shots," Garside said afterwards.

Harry Garside has his manus raised aft his TKO win. (Getty)

"When I person 2 hands I'll combat him with some to get a rematch," helium said - mentioning that successful his second-last sparring league helium had injured his left.

"I'm acceptable for a large twelvemonth adjacent year."

On commentary, Jeff Fenech was apoplectic astatine the stoppage.

"These referees, we request to beryllium down and speech to them and look astatine it," Fenech said.

"Of people helium wasn't throwing punches back, but determination wasn't 1 portion of this wherever helium showed that helium was hurt.

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"He was not wounded astatine all."

Fenech praised the endowment of Garside but said the farcical ending has robbed viewers of seeing his afloat quality successful his pro debut.

"It outgo him a small spot of credibility," Fenech said of Garside's win.

"What I deliberation helium done today, helium tried excessively hard to impressment us," helium said, referring to the fig of punches thrown.

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