Paro stuns Matias to claim IBF super lightweight title

Liam Paro of Australia achieved a stunning upset to claim the IBF super lightweight title in Puerto Rico, defeating Subriel Matias in his own backyard with a masterful performance. Despite entering as a 5/1 underdog against the knockout artist Matias, Paro executed a brilliant gameplan that earned him a unanimous decision victory with scores of 115-112, 115-112, and 116-111.

Matias, known for his devastating knockout power with 20 previous stoppage victories, struggled to find his rhythm against the skillful southpaw from Queensland. Paro controlled the early rounds with sharp combinations, high volume punching, and agile footwork. Instead of engaging in a brawl, Paro boxed smartly, occasionally landing significant left hands to the body and hooks around Matias’ guard while mostly sticking and moving.

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As the fight progressed, Matias attempted to adjust and mount offense, but Paro maintained his composure and effectively countered. Despite facing a controversial point deduction and questionable refereeing decisions, Paro maintained his dominance throughout the bout.

In his emotional post-fight speech, Paro dedicated his victory to his late friend Regan Grieve, emphasizing his promise to succeed. “All we’ve got in this life is our word, and to be a man of mine on the highest scale, that means the most to me,” Paro declared passionately. Looking forward, Paro expressed his desire to defend the title in his home state of Queensland, eager to bring high-profile fights back to his fellow Australians.

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn hailed Paro’s performance as a masterclass and affirmed his support for bringing the new champion’s next fight to Australia. “It wasn’t even close, it was a masterclass from Liam Paro,” Hearn praised. “To come to Puerto Rico, to the backyard of the guy that nobody wanted to fight, that is a massive win for Liam Paro.”

With this victory, Paro improves his undefeated record to 25-0 and joins Jai Opetaia as another proud Queensland-based world champion. Meanwhile, Matias, now 20-2, faces questions about his future at 140-pounds after struggling to impose his gameplan against Paro’s strategic brilliance.

 

Subriel Matias vs. Liam Paro fight results

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total
Matias 9 9 10 9 9 9 10 9 9 9 10 10 112
Paro 10 10 9 10 10 10 8 10 10 10 9 9 115