19/04/2024

Liam Paro handed Brock Jarvis his first loss to take one step close to a world title shot (Photo: Matchroom Boxing/Twitter)

In a battle between two Australian prospects, Queensland’s Liam Paro (23-0) defeated Brock Jarvis (19-1) in stunning fashion to retain his WBO Global Super Lightweight title.

The win for Paro also puts him directly in the conversation for a potential world title shot down the line.

When Matchroom Boxing announced that they were going to hold their first event in Australia, boxing fans from down under were highly anticipating a great night of fights, with Aussie talent being featured on a bigger platform.

Headlining the card were undefeated Aussies Liam Paro and Brock Jarvis, who were both eager to get a statement win.

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Paro’s last fight was a decision win against Yomar Alamo (20-1-1) in December last year and Jarvis last fought last October, beating Alejandro Frias Rodriguez (13-8-2) inside the distance.

With Paro’s number 2 ranking and the WBO Global Super Lightweight title on the line, this fight promised fireworks from the start.

The fight started off with Paro on the front foot, using his lead hand to manage the range and pull down Jarvis’ left hand.

Paro did manage to catch Jarvis with a big cross, but the Cronulla fighter responded by parrying the lead hand and entering into close range.

After a few clinches, Paro started to time his opponent’s attacks and movements with his jab.

Jarvis continued to rush in before getting caught with a huge left hand that sent him to the canvas, he was unable to answer the count, giving Paro the stoppage win after 2:29 of the first round.

In his post-fight interview with Ben Damon, Paro thanked promoter Eddie Hearn for giving him the opportunity to headline Matchroom Boxing’s first Australian Event.

“Mate it’s unbelievable” Paro said, “thanks to Eddie Hearn for coming to Australia and believing in me, I hope this is the first of many shows.”

“I’m lost for words at the moment, we put a hard long camp with Steve Rollins over in vegas and I’ve said for a while this was my time and I’m here to make a statement at the 140-pound division.”

When asked about his next fight, Paro said that he wanted to get back in the ring as soon as possible.

“I’ve wanted the big names for ages” Paro said, “I think I just proved that I’m levels above the domestic scene.”

“Eddie’s the boss now and I’ve got the best team in the world, I’m sure we’ll get something and I hope we have a quick turnaround, back early in 2023 to conquer.”

With yet another statement win on a big stage, Liam Paro has put himself in the conversation for a title shot in the near future.

But with WBO world champion Josh Taylor most likely fighting Jack Catterall in a highly anticipated rematch, Paro may need to wait a little longer for his shot.

Rest Of The Card

  • Demsey McKean def. Patrick Korte by TKO (R3)
  • Skye Nicolson def. Krystina Jacobs by unanimous decision (100-89, 99-90, 98-91)
  • Cesar Mateo Tapia def. Abdoulaye Mayweather by unanimous decision (99-91, 97-93, 97-93)
  • Rocky Ogden def. Ben Cameron Hands by TKO (R1)
  • Jalen Tait def. Rhys Evans by TKO (R6, doctor stoppage)
  • Dylan Biggs def. Mirko Pizzi by unanimous decision (80-72, 80-72, 78-74)

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