Australian boxer Harry Garside released on bail following alleged domestic assault incident

Olympic bronze medalist boxer Harry Garside was charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend shortly after landing in Sydney following his appearance on a reality show and has since been released on bail.

Garside said he would give a complete statement in due course after spending close to two hours in a Sydney police station, but he told 7News that the arrest was “very confronting.” He has been charged with common assault in connection with domestic abuse and is scheduled to appear in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on 24th May. The top-ranked male lightweight boxer has won a total of seven Australian national boxing championships and a bronze medal for Australia at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Garside was traveling along with his father, Shaun, Garside who was permitted to pick up his bags after passing through customs. The 25-year-old was quickly gotten hold of as he was led to a waiting car by two detectives from the NSW Police and two officers from the Australian Federal Police.

The champion men’s lightweight boxer was charged with domestic violence against her girlfriend Ash Ruscoe back in March. The event allegedly occurred at a Bondi estate, according to Ruscoe, who is a wellness instructor by profession.

New South Wales Police in an official statement said: “A 25-year-old man was arrested at Sydney International Airport about 2.40 pm today (Tuesday 2 May 2023), following an investigation by officers from Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command into reports of an alleged domestic violence-related incident involving a 32-year-old woman. He has been taken to Mascot Police Station and charged with common assault (DV).”

Harry Garside boxing career

Garside, since turning a professional boxer has gone 3-0 with the help of two impressive knockouts. Garside last stepped inside the ring on May 2022 at Newcastle against Layton McFerran whom he defeated in the seventh round. Although Garside is riding high on a three-fight win streak, all isn’t going well for the Olympic champ as he was recently snubbed by trainer Johnny Lewis as he didn’t like his decision to choose reality TV shows over his boxing career.

Harry Garside

Lewis said “The ingredients for being a world champion are hard work and commitment,” Lewis told the Daily Telegraph. “You can’t keep knocking back fights. There are no shortcuts in the fight game. All my great fighters from over the years were 100 percent disciplined and dedicated to boxing. We’d been talking to Harry about world titles and greatness. I’m actually really disappointed but I genuinely wish him well although I’m not sure that he’s choosing the right path.”

After all that Garside has gone through recently it would take incredible strength to get his professional as well as personal life back on track.

Aryan Verma

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Aryan Verma is a Combat Sports writer covering UFC and Boxing for SportsZion. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's in technology degree in Computer Science. Being a martial art practitioner himself, Aryan cherishes the opportunity to share his thoughts on latest combat sport events through his blogs.


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