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Jeannine "G9" Garside was born on April 14, 1978. She began boxing as an amateur in Duncan, British Columbia, Canada after seeing Christy Martin fight Deirdre Gogarty on a Mike Tyson undercard in March 1996. Jeannine was the British Columbia champion in 1998 and 1999 and was named British Columbia Boxer of the Year in 1998.

On January 24, 1999, in the 57-kg final of the 1999 Canadian National Championships held in Sudbury, Ontario Jeannine defeated Danielle Bouchard of Quebec by a 5-3 score to win her first national title and earn a place on the Canadian National Women's Boxing team that would soon pit her against some of the best female fighters in the world at her weight. 

On March 24, 1999 in the first leg of the Canada-Sweden Dual in Sudbury/Azilda, Ontario Sanna Rauta of Sweden defeated Jeannine by a 12-6 margin in a 57-kg bout. According to a report in the National Post, "The two boxers exchanged punishing combinations, lefts and rights, and then lefts again. Their footwork was smooth and well-practised, their leads and jabs were crisp, the hurt -- though safely cushioned -- was real. And afterward, when Rauta was pronounced the winner, Garside's disappointment, as hard as she tried to swallow it, was deeply felt. 'I box because I truly love it,' she said. 'Boxing is a great sport. It's not a street fight, it's not a brawl, and it's not a circus. We're doing it because we love the sport.'

On March 27, 1999 in the second leg of the Canada-Sweden Dual at the Atlas Boxing Club in Toronto, Ontario, Teuta Palushaj of Sweden defeated Jeannine by a 13-4 margin in a 57-kg bout.

On June 26, 1999 in the Canada-USA Dual Meet at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jeannine defeated Adelaida Avalos of the USA by 23-13 in a 57 kg bout.

On December 4, 1999 in the 57 kg final of the 2000 Canadian National Championships at the Sportsplex in Campbell River, British Columbia, Jeannine defeated Michelle Collins of Alberta by an 11-1 score.

On March 10, 2000 in the first leg of the Canada vs. Finland Dual Meet in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, Jeannine defeated Meri Talvio of Finland by RSC-2 at 57 kg.

Jeannine tore an ACL in her knee during a touch football game in 2000 and this injury required reconstructive surgery.

Undeterred, Jeannine returned to the ring and on January 27, 2001 in the 57 kg final of the 2001 Canadian National Championships in Cap-de-la-Madelaine, Quebec, she defeated Wendy Broad of Quebec by an 11-4 score and was voted the tournament's Best Boxer.

On October 5 2001 in the Feenix Box Cup International in Turku, Finland, Jeannine defeated Jonna Emanuelsson of Sweden by RSC-2 at 57 kg. The next day, she defeated Hürü Kale of Turkey 19-8, but in the final the day after she was edged by Henrietta Birkeland Kitel of Norway by a 10-9 score in the division final.

Jeannine began boxing at the Border City Boxing Club where Margaret Sidoroff and Josh Canty have trained her since 2001.

In November 2001 at the Inaugural AIBA World Amateur Championships at the Scranton High School, Scranton, PA, USA, Jeannine defeated Cecylia Pudlicka of Poland by a 16-3 score (stopped by the mercy rule) in her preliminary round 57 kg bout on November 27.  Jeannine went on to defeat Jennifer Han of Texas by 28-18 in her quarterfinal on November 29. Han, the youngest fighter on Team USA, was knocked down once but bounced back to force a standing eight-count on a tiring Garside in the third round. Theirs was the most entertaining bout of the night.

Jeannine again lost to Henriette Birkeland Kitel of Norway by a close 11-9 decision in the world championship semi-final on November 30. Garside came out swinging but Birkeland Kitel was not intimidated and circled to her right, where she tagged the southpaw Garside with several right hands. Garside picked up the action in the third, but Birkeland Kitel boxed her way to the decision. (The 57-kg division was won by Mao Mao Zhang of China who defeated Birkeland Kitel by 14-8).

At the Canadian National Senior Championships in St. Catherines Ontario in January 2002, Jeannine won her fourth straight 57 kg national title with a RSC-2 win over Angie Collins of Ontario.

On August 29, 2002 in Kansas City, Missouri Jeannine won a unanimous decision over USA Champion Jennifer Han of El Paso, Texas in the Women's 126 lb division.

On September 2, 2002 in the 126-lb final of the Ringside National Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, Jeannine knocked out Sharon Gaines of Belleville, Washington, USA in the third round.   

On October 27, 2002 in Barrie, Ontario, Jeannine stopped Martine Clement of Ottawa to win the gold medal in the 126-lb open division of the Ontario Provincial championships.

Jeannine finished her amateur boxing career with an impressive 40-5 record.

Jeannine in her pro debut vs unbeaten Heather Percival
Photo by Mike Blair

On December 4, 2004 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, Jeannine (122½ lbs) won her pro debut when she defeated Heather Percival (119 lbs) of Fontana, California by a unanimous 40-36 margin , Percival fell to 4-1-0 (0 KO). Ringside photographer Mike Blair told WBAN "The fight was one of the best of the night. Garside was quicker, stronger and simply too tough for Percival. Percival fought pretty well, but she just could not find a way to slow Garside."

On August 26, 2005 at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, Jeannine (136½ lbs) improved to 2-0 as a pro with a four-round unanimous (39-36,40-36,40-36) decision over Rita Serrano (135¾ lbs) of Fort Worth. Serrano survived a first round knock down in this bout, which dropped her record to 3-2 (1 KO).

Jeannine TKO'd Rita Valentini

On October 8, 2005 at the outdoor Amphitheater at Harrah's in Laughlin, Nevada, Jeannine (130 lbs) won by a TKO at 1:25 in the fifth round over 34-year-old Rita Valentini (5' 6½", 125 lbs) of Hollywood, California. The scheduled six-round fight started out to be even, but it did not take long for Garside to dominate. Jeannine went to the body, throwing effective combinations, and steadily put more pressure on Valentini as the fight progressed.  Valentini, who was on a four fight wining streak prior to the bout,  fell to 6-4 (3 KO's) with the loss.

Jeannine outpoints Lisa Brown for the WIBA title
© Copyrighted photo taken by Mary Ann Owen

On November 18, 2005 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Jeannine (121¾ lbs) won the WIBA Junior Featherweight title with a ten round unanimous (99-90,99-90,98-91) decision over reigning champion Lisa Brown (120¾ lbs) of Scarborough, Ontario. Jeannine dropped Lisa for an eight count in the third round en route to dominating the rest of the fight with a steady barrage of solid punches. Lisa Brown, another long-time Canadian amateur star who had fought several world title ten-rounders before this bout, fell to 12-2-2 (4 KOs) with her most decisive pro loss to date. "If you didn't know, you know now," said Garside. (For more of Mary Ann Owen's photos of this fight card, see MPEG/Photo Gallery #306 on the WBAN Records Member Site).

Jeannine was named WBAN's Fighter of the Month in December 2005.

Jeannine TKO's Kim Colbert
© Copyrighted photo taken by Allan Messick

On February 16, 2006 at Harrah’s in North Kansas City, Missouri, USA, Jeannine improved her record to 5-0 (2 KOs) when she TKO'd Kim Colbert of Southfield, Missouri in the third round of a scheduled six rounder. According to Allan Garside, "Jeannine said it was an awkward fight. Jeannine stuck to mostly a body attack, Kim threw a lot of looping punches but was unable to connect. Kim got turned around a few times and the the ref may have stopped it because of that." Colbert, who's faced a string of top boxers including Chevelle Hallback and Kelsey Jeffries, fell to a deceptive 2-9-1 (2 KOs). (For more of Allan Messick's photos of this fight card, see MPEG/Photo Gallery #334 on the WBAN Records Member Site).

On June 23, 2006 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Jeannine (121 lbs)  and Lisa Brown (121 lbs) fought to a 10-round majority draw in a defense of Garside's WIBA title  Final judges' scores were 95-95, 95-95, and 96-94 for Brown. Brown came out strong in the early rounds in an attempt to reclaim her title, winning the first three by setting the pace with effective aggression, getting off first and landing harder and more frequently. Garside made adjustments in the fourth and closed the bout well, trading toe to toe with Brown. “I thought I was pacing myself,” Garside told reporter Doug Rowe. “I thought I was taking the rounds. I had her back to the ropes and I had her hurt three times in the fight. I am confused. What they want is to see me fight her again and that’s fine. There will not be any question the next time I fight her. I has nothing to do with revenge, it just has to do with who is the champ, and I am the champ!”  Lisa was equally adamant that she had won the bout, telling Rowe: “It was robbery. I came out to fight, I did what I had to do . . . I come and give the fight of my life and they call it a draw. I can’t believe it. The first time I fought her, I wasn’t in shape, I had so much going on I wasn’t mentally in shape, mentally and physically. This time I actually got my game together and I was hungry. So I came out to put on the best fight of my life.”  Negotiations are reportedly under way for a third match between the two Ontario rivals. Jeannine moved her pro record to 5-0-1 (2 KOs) while Lisa Brown moved to 12-2-3 (4 KOs).

Jeannine lands a left to Laura Serrano in November 2006
© Copyrighted photo taken by Mary Ann Owen

On November 4, 2006 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Jeannine (126  lbs) won a clear (100-87,99-89,98-90) ten-round unanimous decision over Las Vegas-based veteran Laura Serrano (123 lbs) of Mexico for the vacant WIBA Featherweight title.According to a report by Shawn Roth of FightNews Canada, "Garside thoroughly dominated the fight from the opening bell, punishing Serrano with a relentless left hook that the Mexican fighter could not deal with. Serrano was put to the canvas in the third and tenth round but returned to her feet, a true testament of her toughness. Serrano refused to stay down, shook the cobwebs off and continued to brawl with Garside, which garnered the appreciation of the crowd for her unbelievable ability to take punishment and keep fighting."  Jeannine improved to 6-0-1 (2 KOs) while dropping Laura to 16-3-2 (6 KO's).  Jeannine exchanged fight trunks with Laura Serrano immediately following the bout, which Serrano stated would be her last.

Garside vs Dierdorff in September 2007
© Copyrighted photo taken by Dan Graschuk

On September 21, 2007 at Meadowbrook Music Festival in Rochester Hills, Michigan, Jeannine (130 lbs), now managed by Jackie Kallen, TKO'd undefeated Brooke Dierdorff (125 lbs) of Illinois at 1:10 in the sixth round, in a scheduled six rounder. There was no love lost between the two from the opening bell. Garside knocked Dierdorff down three times before referee Frank Garza called a halt to it in round six. The fight was not without controversy after Garside punched at Dierdorff after Dierdorff went down against the ropes in the first round, risking a disqualification. Dierdorff recovered well and her accurate punching made a fight of it until Garside got the upper hand in the final round.  Garside's record improved to 7-0-1 (3 KOs), while Dierdorff's fell to 4-1-1 (3 KOs). (For more of Dan Graschuk's photos of this fight, see MPEG/Photo Gallery #447 on the WBAN Records Member Site).

"I have all the confidence in the world in this girl!" Kallen said of Garside, adding "They loved her!".

Chevelle Hallback trades with Jeannine
 © Copyrighted photo taken by Mary Ann Owen

On June 13, 2008 at the Isleta Casino and Resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in a PPV co-main event, Chevelle Hallback (132 lbs) of Tampa, Florida pounded out a 10-round unanimous (96-94,99-91,96-94) decision over Jeannine (132 lbs) for the IFBA Lightweight World title.  The win moved Hallback's record to 27-5-2 (11 KO's).   See Photo Galleries #480, 481 and 482 on the WBAN Records Member Site for more photos of this fight by Mary Ann Owen and Lori Steinhorst.

On September 28, 2008 in Hanam City, South Korea, local favorite Ji-Hye Woo (128¾ lbs) of Seoul won a 10-round unanimous (97-93,96-94,97-94) decision over Jeannine (129¾ lbs) while defending her IFBA Junior Lightweight title for the fourth time.  The 21-year-old Woo advanced to 10-1 (1 KO) while handing Jeannine her second straight loss in a world title fight and dropping her pro record to 7-2-1 (3 KO's).

On December 17, 2008 at the Olympic Arena in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Irma Balijagic-Adler (125½ lbs) of Sarajevo, won by a highly controversial 10-round split (96-97,98-92,95-96) decision over Jeannine (125¾ lbs) for the WIBA Featherweight title. Garside battered her opponent and knocked her down twice but only the most experienced international judge, an Austrian, scored it as a victory for Garside.  WIBA president Ryan Wissow admitted  that he thought this was a bad decision, but could not reverse it once it was on record, saying "I will not put myself or my company in jeopardy over a bad decision."  Jeannine's record falls to 7-3-1 (3 KO's) in what appeared to be a particularly egregious case of biased judging. WBAN named this result the "Worst Rip-off of 2008".  Balijagic-Adler is now 9-0-0 (5 KOs).

On June 6, 2009 at the Cowichan Centre in Duncan, British Columbia, Canada, Jeannine (126 lbs) won an eight-round unanimous (78-74,77-75,78-74) decision over Dominga Olivo (125 lbs) of Brooklyn, New York for the WBC International Featherweight title. According to Mike Damour of the Cowichan News Leader: "Round One started with both fighters throwing good, crisp punches during the feeling-out period of the scrap. Round Two began the same way with both punchers circling and throwing jabs with a few solid straight arms by both women who loaded up with wicked shots to the body and head. Before the round was over though, Garside took a small cut over her left eye ... kudos to Garside’s cut-man who patched the small tear and made sure it wasn’t a factor for the rest of the fight. The third round was a repeat of the first two, with the exception (that) both women got busier and all punches were thrown with maximum power that resulted in several wicked shots finding their marks on the bodies and heads of the two fighters. It was an almost even-sided round that made judging the bout tough. Despite the magical work of Garside’s corner-man, the hometown champ’s face started to show the effects of Olivo’s speedy and crafty glove work, especially during the opening seconds of Round Four when the New Yorker planted a straight right hand to the puffing face of the hometown fighter. The shot rocked Garside and rattled the teeth of many sitting ringside. Yet Garside easily rebounded and again both fighters exchanged vicious blows that left no doubt in the minds of fight fans they were watching a pair of seasoned pros. The fighters exchanged heavy blows in the fifth and Olivo got off a terrific right cross that momentarily rocked Garside who seemed to start favouring her right leg. But whatever pain she was feeling didn’t stop Garside from planting the right foot for power shots, many of which found their mark. Whether it was conditioning, ring-savvy or just plain guts, Round 6 is where Garside let Olivo know she was in trouble. Garside took over the round and landed several power punches that went unanswered.  By Round 7 Garside was in almost total control of the fight. Not that Olivo wasn’t game, but it was Garside — with a badly swollen and nearly shut left eye — who got off quicker and controlled the pace of the fight. Garside opened the eighth and final round with a crushing one-two combination that rocked Olivo and sent her into the ropes. That, and the smell of a possible knockout, caused the crowd to leap to its feet and cheer on their hometown hero.  Garside and Olivo drew on every last reserve and began swinging for the fences in the dying moments of the round that ended with both on their feet when the bell sounded."  Dominga Olivo fell to 7-5-1 (0 KO).

On April 24, 2010 at the Fuller Lake Arena in Duncan, British Columbia, Canada, Jeannine (125¼ lbs) TKO'd Lindsay Garbatt (123 lbs) of Oshawa, Ontario at 1:24 in the third round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the vacant WIBA Featherweight title. Garside was cut in the first round by a punch from Garbatt but Garbatt was knocked down three times in the third round. The referee stopped the bout after the third knockdown when Garbatt was unable to stand before the count was completed. As reported by Ashley Gaudreault of the Cowichan News Leader, "Garside fans were a bit worried after Garbatt landed a strong punch and cut Garside above her right eye in the first round. She was showing blood but that didn’t dissuade her. Garside exploded in the second round. She landed some great punches and then dominated the third round, knocking Garbatt off her feet more than once. The final fall was the last for Garbatt. Though Garside admitted she felt the worry from spectators after being cut, she stayed focused and kept firing back. 'I trained really hard for this. I trained for 10 rounds,' she said."  With the win Garside reclaimed the title she lost in a highly controversial decision in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina in December 2008. Garbatt, who had stopped Maureen Shea in New York in August 2009, suffered the first stoppage loss of her career, as her record fell to 4-3 (3 KO's) while Garside improved to 9-3-1 (3 KO's).  [Video]

Jeannine was named WBAN Fighter of the Month for May 2010 for this impressive win.

On July 3, 2010 at the Porsche-Arena in Stuttgart, Germany, Jeannine (125 lbs) won a ten-round unanimous (98-92,96-94,96-94) decision over Ina Menzer (126 lbs) of Germany for the WBC, WBO and WIBF Featherweight titles.  As Alexey Sukachev reported : "Garside was a better fighter of two since the starters. She often caught unpredictably rusty Menzer with her left counters and hard overhand right hooks. Garside also did a great job avoiding straight hands by the champion. Rounds two and three were huge in favour of the Canadian, while the fourth was pretty even. Both fighters were fighting inside with their heads dangerously close to one another. Garside was warned by referee Daniel Van De Viele in the fourth. Menzer mounted a slight comeback to take an edge in the fifth. However, Jeannine delivered her best round in the sixth when she landed numerous left hands and forced the titleholder to run at the end of the stanza. Round seven was rather calm and Menzer found some success on her way in rounds eight and nine. Feeling the victory can be illusional on a hostile territory, Garside went in for kill in the last round. She got the better of (Menzer) and even sent her in a legitimate knockdown with a straight left hand, which was amazingly discarded by Van De Viele. It hadn't reflected on finals scorecards though as all three judges had (and rightfully so!) this contest in Jeannine Garside's favour: 96-94 (twice) and 98-92. BoxingScene also scored it 98-92 - for the brand new featherweight multichampion."   Garside improved to 10-3-1 (3 KO's) while Menzer suffered her first pro loss and fell to 26-1-0 (10 KO's).

WBAN named Jeannine its "Most Accomplished Boxer of the Year" for 2010, noting that "At the beginning of the year, Garside came into our independent WBAN ratings at #7. In 2010, Garside went all the way up to WBAN's #1 ranking when she had one of the biggest fights and wins of the year when she went to Germany and took three of Ina Menzer's belts back home to Canada, defeating Menzer by a 10-round unanimous decision!   Garside also stopped Lindsay Garbatt with an impressive TKO for a world title belt."

Jeannine Garside with Margaret Sidoroff Canty
Photo: Border City Boxing Club

"She’s aggressive, has no care about who she’s in there with or what’s going on. It doesn’t matter if it’s her mother in the ring, she’s gonna whip their ass. She only knows one speed and that’s kill. And she’s got the heart of a lion. Jeannine’s the hardest hitter of anybody her size I’ve ever seen", said trainer Sidoroff before the WIBA title fight with Brown.

Jeannine at weigh-in in Edmonton, November 2005
© Copyrighted photo taken by Mary Ann Owen

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