Liam Paro beats Subriel Matias in his backyard to become world champion

LIAM Paro is the new IBF super-lightweight champion after defeating Subriel Matias over 12 rounds. Earlier in the evening, Richard Riakporhe struggled under the weight of home crowd expectations in the Coliseo Juan Aubin Cruz Abreu, Manati. Paro, the underdog, delivered a superb performance and silenced the Puerto Rican fans, while Matias faltered.

The judges unanimously awarded Paro the victory. John Basile scored it 116-111, while Gerardo Martinez and Carl Zappia both had it 115-112.

Matias picked up the pace towards the end of the third round and into the fourth. Referee Luis Pabon was active early on, warning Paro for various infractions.

Despite a brief surge by Matias in the sixth round, Paro controlled the fight in the first half with precise boxing, effective clinching, and smart movement.

In the seventh round, Pabon deducted a point from Paro for a foul, but Matias struggled to capitalize on the advantage. Paro continued to outmaneuver and outwork his opponent.

Paro sealed the victory with a strong performance in the 10th round, showcasing his superior movement and stamina. Matias failed to make the necessary adjustments.

Paro’s self-belief and hard work paid off as he secured the title and expressed his desire to defend it. Promoter Eddie Hearn praised Paro’s win and hinted at future defenses in Australia.

With his record now at 25-0 (15 KOs), Paro proved his mettle as a true warrior, while Matias dropped to 20-2 (20 KOs) after failing to overcome his opponent.


Notable figures like Felix ‘Tito’ Trinidad and the odd performance of referee Luis Pabon added intrigue to the event. Matias should have focused on Paro rather than engaging in pre-fight banter with Prograis.

Paro is set to pursue high-profile fights following his victory, following a similar path to George Kambosos. Matias gracefully accepted defeat, allowing Paro to bask in his well-deserved moment.

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