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Fijian Sachin Mudaliar Wants Rematch Against Australian Olympic Bronze Medallist Harry Garside

Garside’s professional debut lasted less than three minutes as he scored a controversial TKO victory over Australasian super featherweight champion Mudaliar. Lightweight Garside described the Fijian as “awkward” in the build-up to this fight but there was very little to trouble the 24-year-old, who was declared the winner after two minutes and eight seconds.
24 Dec 2021 12:00
Fijian Sachin Mudaliar Wants Rematch Against Australian Olympic Bronze Medallist Harry Garside
Harry Garside (left) receiving a right from and Sachin Mudaliar during their fight at The Star on December 22, 2021. Photo: SportingNews

Fijian Sachin Mudaliar lost to Australian Olympic bronze medallist Harry Garside in a controversial first-round stoppage that looked very premature at the Footy Fight Xmas bash at The Star, in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday night.

Garside’s professional debut lasted less than three minutes as he scored a controversial TKO victory over Australasian super featherweight champion Mudaliar.

Lightweight Garside described the Fijian as “awkward” in the build-up to this fight but there was very little to trouble the 24-year-old, who was declared the winner after two minutes and eight seconds.

 

Mudaliar withstood a barrage of punches against the ropes and the fight was called off by referee Kevin Hogan much to the anger of the capacity crowd at Sydney’s Star Casino.

The Fijian did fire back one upstairs, but was not enough as Hogan stepped in and awarded the TKO victory.

Mudaliar did not agree with the result and blamed the official.

“I was in the fight.”

“I just gave him a clean hook, a clean right hook,” Mudaliar told SportingNews.

 

“This is boxing; we are not playing netball or volleyball here.”

“All the punches didn’t go through.”

“I was in the fight; I don’t know why the referee stopped the fight,” he said.

 

“I need a rematch. I didn’t feel anything, I never got any hard punches, I was all good.”

After the referee’s call Mudaliar indicated he wanted to continue and left the ring in a huff; Garside was awarded the victory.

“I was trying my best and was trying to use my right as much as possible,” Garside said.

 

“He’s tough, he turned up to fight and he said he was still fine.”

“I tried my best and thank him for coming out from Fiji this close to Christmas.”

Garside landed the best of the early exchanges but narrowly avoided a hook from Mudaliar in the opening 60 seconds.

 

That was all the southpaw could offer as Garside came out quick and unleashed his power.

Garside worked Mudaliar against the ropes and while the visitor attempted to duck and weave his way out of the Australian’s punches, he had little success.

He did not throw any punches and Hogan intervened to called time on the fight.

 

The Victorian revealed he had injured the same left hand he had surgery on after his exploits in Tokyo just before the fight.

Garside also felt the referee stepped in prematurely, as the fight was only going one way.

“I think it was definitely early but there was still a minute to go in that round so I was going to continue putting on the pressure for that minute and I think it was going to get stopped,” Garside said.

 

“If he (Mudaliar) wants the rematch I’m more than happy to have a rematch for sure. I love fighting so I’ll fight anytime, anywhere,” he said.

Referee Hogan explained his decision that if a boxer throws punches, you don’t stop.

Hogan added that the boxer cannot lie against the ropes and not throw punches.
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