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NRL enforcer Tariq Sims’ wife stars in ‘one of the best women’s fights ever’

NRL enforcer Tariq Sims’ wife stars in ‘one of the best women’s fights ever’ – before Harry Garside dominates to win Australian lightweight title, calling his performance bizarrely ‘terrible’

  • Ashleigh Sims fought four rounds toe to toe with Shanell Dargan
  • Fight stole the show from Olympian Harry Garside’s tilt at the lightweight title
  • Sims and Dargan got $5,000 bonuses for their exciting match

Ashleigh Sims and Shanell Dargan fought for centuries as they both made their professional debuts on the undercard of Harry Garside’s Australian lightweight title lift on Wednesday night – with an Australian boxing legend billing the match as one of the best he’s ever seen.

Sims, who is married to St George Illawarra attacker Tariq, battled his way to a majority draw with Dargan in four two minute action packed toe-to-toe action at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion.

Despite being nailed in the first two rounds, Sims made her way back into the match, landing several heavy shots as the momentum continued to swing from fighter to fighter.

Sims (left) was shocked early on, but hit her way back into the match in fine style to earn a majority draw over four rounds of toe-to-toe action

Sims (left) was shocked early on, but hit her way back into the match in fine style to earn a majority draw over four rounds of toe-to-toe action

Dargan - who appeared in X Factor Australia in 2014 - ends up hard left on Sims.  Both fighters got a $5,000 bonus for the awesome screen and Sims would like a rematch

Dargan – who appeared in X Factor Australia in 2014 – ends up hard left on Sims. Both fighters got a $5,000 bonus for the awesome screen and Sims would like a rematch

Australian boxing legend Barry Michael, who took the 1985 IBF world super featherweight title, described the stoush as one of the best female fights he has ever seen.

Before the judges could pass their verdict, promoter and former NRL cult figure George Rose awarded Sim and Dargan $5,000 each for enthusing the public.

“I knew there was going to be a war,” Sims said after the final bell.

“I think everyone underestimated me because of who my husband is and I’m a mother and all, but I’m guts.

“I probably have bigger balls than most men here. I fucking love this sport, I’ve been out of the ring for over three years.

‘Let’s do it again. Yes, we’re doing a rematch.’

Harry Garside (left) won every round to completely dominate the tough Manuer Matet.  Aussie boxing legend Barry Michael was delighted with his performance

Harry Garside (left) won every round to completely dominate the tough Manuer Matet. Australian boxing legend Barry Michael was delighted with his performance

Despite showing a lot of class in his second pro fight, Garside said he put in a 'terrible performance' to take the Australian lightweight title

Despite showing a lot of class in his second pro fight, Garside said he put in a ‘terrible performance’ to take the Australian lightweight title

The feats of Sims and Dargan stole the spotlight from the main event, in which Garside easily defeated tough pug Manuer Matet to win the Australian lightweight title in just his second professional fight.

Michael said Garside “never lost a round,” and the Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist nearly finished the competition in ninth when he got Matet in big trouble with a series of power shots.

“Manuer Matet is indeed a tough one and he’s certainly come to fight, but he’s just outsmarting, outsmarting, outsmarting, outsmarting,” Michael said.

But Garside had a very different opinion about his performance.

“I’ve always been a huge critic, mate, that was a terrible achievement and I’m always looking to grow, always looking to be the best version of myself,” he said.

“I’ll go back to the gym, see that fight again and there’s always room for improvement.”

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