Scary scene as doctors rush to KO'd boxer

Popular Queensland boxer Issac Hardman returned to the ring with a bang on Saturday night, with a knockout that had the entire arena holding its breath for several minutes.

They were frightening scenes as Hardman knocked out Beau Hartas with a heavy right hand to the chin in their first round at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Hartas was unconscious before he hit the ground, and landed with a loud thud, before doctors and his team rushed into the ring to help him.

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Members of his corner had to take his mouth guard out and hold his tongue, while the doctor provided medical assistance. He lay still for several minutes before regaining consciousness.

The plumber from Canberra had stepped up to take on Hardman, who has lost only one of his 10 professional fights.

Beau Hartas lies unconscious after being knocked out by Issac Hardman. (Supplied)

That loss was his most recent before Saturday night's beatdown. Hardman was knocked out by bitter rival Michael Zerafa in Melbourne in April.

There was loads of animosity between Hardman and Zerafa, but none whatsoever between he and Hartas ahead of their bout on the glitter strip.

The pair shared a joke at the press conference and the weigh-in during the week, and promised to share a beer after their bout.

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Hardman produced two VB cans after winning the fight, but Hartas couldn't enjoy the beverage as he was assisted from the ring.

"I can't fault him, he's a gentleman and had the courage to get in here," Hardman said.

"Full respect to him. I brought a beer up here for us to share."

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