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Harry Garside, how long since he last fought, who is he fighting, Layton McFerran, King of the Castle, Australian lightweight title, why is he fighting so soon

Some of the best boxers on the planet wait months, sometimes even years between fights.

But for Aussie sensation Harry Garside (2-0), he’s putting them all to shame.

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It will have been just 35 days between Garside’s last fight in which he won the Australian lightweight title and his next bout against Tasmanian Layton McFerran (5-1) on May 11 at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre.

So why the rush to get back in the ring?

My manager said, ‘do you want to fight in four weeks?’” Garside told foxsports.com.au.

“I said, ‘absolutely mate.’

“I love fighting. It’s what I do, it’s what I’ve done since I was 9 years old. I can’t wait to get back in there.”

These rapid returns may be something we see frequently from Garside, “especially for the first year or two of my professional career,” but concedes that once he gets a bit older, he’ll certainly look to take a larger break between fights.

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Garside went further than he’d ever gone before against Maneur Matet. Photo: Fox SportsSource: FOX SPORTS

With such a short turnaround, it doesn’t give Garside much time to make improvements from his last fight, a unanimous decision over Maneur Matet at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney in what was the Olympic bronze medalist’s second professional fight.

It was also the first time Garside had ever gone 10 rounds in his boxing career, the ultimate test of mental fortitude and seeing just how far one can push themselves.

But once he had finished the fight and had his hand raised, the 24-year-old could look back on the final three rounds safe in the knowledge that he “showed to the crowd exactly that I was made for this sport.”

“That’s (going the distance) the best thing about boxing,” Garside said.

“You always find out exactly what you’re made of and who you are.

“In round eight, round nine and round ten of that fight, I was definitely feeling what I was made of and I think I showed to the crowd exactly that I was made for this sport.”

Against McFerran, Garside, not for the first time in his life, is taking a dive head first into the unknown.

He admits that there isn’t a whole lot he knows about the Tasmanian, but if anything, it’s a scenario that’s all too familiar for Garside.

Garside is stepping back in the ring only a few weeks after his previous fight. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“The amateurs have definitely prepared me for moments like this, because in the amateurs you never really knew who you were going to fight prior to a tournament,” Garside said.

“You’d always have to get in there and you would have to prepare for everyone. That will be no different for this fight. I’ll get in there, focus on what I can control and do my job and I have the belief that my job will be good enough.

“I’m sure he will be tough, I’m sure he will be durable, I’m sure he will be there to win. I’ll just be getting in there and my will to win is definitely going to be stronger.

Across his two professional fights to date, Garside is yet to score a win via KO.

His debut against Fijian Sachin Mudaliar in December last year ended with Garside winning via TKO in the first round, although many felt that the referee called a premature end to proceedings.

But against McFerran, Garside ensured that despite wanting to get some rounds in, there would be contention about how the fight ends.

“I want to box a few rounds, I love boxing,” Garside said.

“But I think a mid-fight stoppage would be perfect.

“It gives the crowd a couple of rounds to watch the fight but they get the knockout that everyone wants to see.”

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