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Pirouettes and punches for Harry Garside's Olympic boxing bid


Boxer Harry Garside expects people to raise eyebrows when he tells them about his secret weapon to reach his Olympic Games dream. "Ballet," Garside grins.
"I've always wanted to try it. My dad gave me a funny look when I told him, but it's been unreal so far."


Harry Garside has been doing ballet to enhance his Tokyo Olympic hopes. Picture: Elesa Kurtz

The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games champion has vowed to leave no stone unturned on his quest to make his Olympic debut in Tokyo next year.

Garside has moved into a new weight division after winning the 60 kilogram title last year, adding bulk to his speed and power to join the 63 kilogram category.
But a birthday present from mum Kate has added a new dimension to his training regiment and he hopes it will give him a chance to win an Olympic medal.
The ballet seed was planted after hearing his boxing idol, two-time Olympic champion Vasyl Lomachenko, used the dance to improve his footwork and balance.

"It's big in eastern Europe so it's in their culture, but it's not in the Australian boxing culture," Garside said.
"I'm absolutely loving it. It's bringing me a down a little bit because I realise how bad I am at it. But it's already improved my footwork, my coordination and my thinking.
"So far it's all been positive. Mum got me a voucher and it gave me the chance to try it.
"If ballet can give me a couple of extra percent with my footwork or strength through my legs ... that would make a massive difference. It could be the difference between winning and losing."
Garside is in Canberra this week for a Boxing Australia camp and to be fitted for his Australian Olympic uniform, should he qualify to be a part of the Tokyo team.

He will be based at home in Melbourne for the build up to the Games, and will fight at the world championships next month to ramp up his selection preparation.
The national titles will be in December and fighters then need to win in the Oceania titles to earn their spot. If they fall shot, there will be a world qualifying event in either April or May before the Olympics begin.
"The goal is to qualify early so you can get some time to relax. If you don't get that, it will be a busy six months before the big one," Garside said.

Harry Garside with supporters after winning gold on the Gold Coast.

"Coming to the AIS for a day like this is huge, it makes it a bit real that it's coming around quickly. I missed out on the last Olympics in Rio, so the last four years has been a massive grind.
"I've been going to work every day to make sure I make the next Olympics."
Garside, 24, says his Olympic passion started when he watched Grant Hackett win gold at the 2004 Games in Athens.
He wanted to qualify for Rio, but fell short at the selection trials and was forced to watch from home.
"But I remember watching Australia in a gold medal in something and I was so pumped I went to the gym for three hours to train," Garside said.
"I've been waiting for this chance, but I don't want to just make it [to Tokyo]. I want to win that gold medal as well.
"Maybe if I was there in Rio I would have just been going for the [Australian] tracksuit and I might have lost my first fight. Now three years later, I've got more experience and I've grown. Hopefully it's a different story and if one percenters like ballet help me get there, then I'll do them."


https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6342118/pirouettes-and-punches-for-a-boxing-bid/
 
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Hooper appeared in court mid last week over a case of doing a runner from police that occurred in September, and he wasn't detained. But when it comes to Hooper, the past tells us to expect the worst.
Ah ok.
It's a shame. I was looking forward to see how he would come back. Such a waste of talent!

Edit: I did a quick google search. Few articles getting about from late November quoting him as saying he's a "changed man" after court appearance. But they are all behind pay walls so that's about as much as I can find
 
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'Straya, cunt.
I have a mate, Nick Kara, Muay Thai background but undefeated as a boxer, both am. and pro, including a KO win over the then current heavyweight Asia Pacific amateur gold medalist when they both debuted as pros. His footwork is sublime, he literally waltzes around the ring, this is what gave him the ability to transcend boxing.
Dancing is certainly very beneficial to boxing.
 
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Saw that the other day. Pretty impressive!

I very much doubt I could do that.
I'm going to try 2 and if I can do that then try 3.

Have you seen the Youtube video where Amir Khan continuously punches a water bottle in mid air?
 

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David Higgins has used the WBO annual convention in Tokyo to push Joseph Parker's case for a possible title fight against Aleksandr Usyk.

"Joseph Parker remains the only man to beat your champ Andy Ruiz," Higgins told the WBO championship and ratings committee.

"He's very grateful to the WBO and would like to challenge for the WBO title should Tyson Fury move out. He'd like to move up to No.3."

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/sport/2019/12/boxing-joseph-parker-angles-for-another-shot-at-wbo-heavyweight-crown.html
 

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'Straya, cunt.
David Higgins has used the WBO annual convention in Tokyo to push Joseph Parker's case for a possible title fight against Aleksandr Usyk.

"Joseph Parker remains the only man to beat your champ Andy Ruiz," Higgins told the WBO championship and ratings committee.

"He's very grateful to the WBO and would like to challenge for the WBO title should Tyson Fury move out. He'd like to move up to No.3."

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/sport/2019/12/boxing-joseph-parker-angles-for-another-shot-at-wbo-heavyweight-crown.html
I like that fight.
 
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Crown Casino has the Ruiz-Joshua card live from about 4am Sunday morning. I have done crazier things.
 
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A couple of decent fights on the undercard tonight :

Cheeky May vs Tarimo - which is on now and May struggling

Broadhurst vs Light