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Rival Trainers Square Off After Boxer Refuses To Shake Hands With Winner

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Rival Trainers Square Off After Boxer Refuses To Shake Hands With Winner

Two rival trainers almost came to blows after a boxer refused to shake hands with the winner of their bout.

Trent Girdham has found himself in the firing line of fans because of how he conducted himself following his loss to Hassan Hamdan, some calling him a sore loser.

And his poor show of sportsmanship almost saw his trainer come to blows with Girdham's corner too.

Credit: Main Event
Credit: Main Event

There was plenty of bad blood heading into the grudge match with both fighters exchanging pleasantries throughout the press conference and weigh-ins.

And it was Girdham who got the upper hand early on, dropping Hamdan in the very first round with a clean right hand.

Hamdan dug deep though, battling back to earn himself a gutsy unanimous decision victory in Newcastle.

However, there was an illegal toss late on in the six-round slug-fest, which clearly didn't sit well with Girdham's camp.


You can check out the footage HERE.

As Hamdan got his hand raised by the referee, he went over to touch gloves with his opponent in a show of respect – but Girdham wasn't having a bar of it.

Upon hearing the result, the Aussie scurried away from the scene and left the ring swiftly.


Hamdan tried to pursue him but his opponent batted away his advances.

Girdham's trainer then went over to speak to Hamdan but was confronted by his coaches who pushed him into the corner.

The trainer, clearly outnumbered, didn't retaliate although tempers looked destined to flare at one point.

Australian boxing royalty Jeff Fenech was in Hamdan's corner but wasn't involved in the post-fight scuffle.


“We got caught early. We know the guy can fight, everyone knows Trent can fight,” Fenech said.

“I’m a little bit disappointed. Rodney and these guys, if they honestly thought their fighter won the fight, there’s something wrong.

“It was a close fight. I thought the 58-57 was right... but we shouldn’t need this crap after the fight.”


Viewers watching from home weren't too impressed with Girdham's handshake snub and called him out for it.

One bloke tweeted: "Entertaining fight. Poor form Girdham, respect is everything."

While another added: "Poor form not acknowledging his opponent. Take the result out on the judges not the man you went to war with."

Featured Image Credit: Main Event

Topics: Australia, Boxing

Max Sherry
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