Tokyo Olympics: Australian boxer Harry Garside takes home bronze after loss to Cuba’s Andy Cruz
Australia’s Harry Garside will take home a boxing bronze after falling short against Cuban Andy Cruz in the men’s 63kg semi-final.
Garside lost the first two rounds 10-9 before coming out more aggressively in the last against his southpaw opponent.
But he wore one on the chin early in the round to all but seal his fate, with Cruz - the two-time world champion - moving on to the gold medal bout.
Garside’s win over Kazakhstan’s Zakir Safiullin earlier this week ensured the Aussie would take home bronze at worst, marking the nation’s first boxing medal since 1988.
“He was just too good tonight,” Garside said.
“I’ll go back to the drawing board - back to the gym. I’ll make sure I train harder and be better for hopefully next time I fight him.
“I had a red-hot crack, and that’s all we Australians do. I had a red-hot dip and I’m proud of myself for that.”
Garside, who shot to fame this week with his back story of falling in love with ballet to aid his fighting, said he hoped others would draw inspiration from his efforts.
“Hopefully I’ve inspired the next generation of boxers and young athletes leading into the 2032 Games (in Brisbane) and let’s hope it’s our most successful games ever,” he said.
Cruz channelled some ‘Gangnam Style’ dancing upon being declared the winner before Garside held open the ring ropes to let his opponent exit in a classy gesture.
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