Liam Paro plans on crushing Regis Prograis in his own backyard

By Boxing News - 05/17/2023 - Comments

By Vince D’Writer: Undefeated super lightweight contender Liam Paro (23-0, 14 KOs) is oozing with confidence as he plans on shocking the world by crushing the WBC champion Regis Prograis in front of his hometown fans on June 17 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

A few weeks ago, Paro received a call that he describes as being a ‘dream call’ when he was offered a world title opportunity against the current champion Regis Prograis. Now that the fight is official, Paro is focused on his preparation as he plans on pulling off the upset.

A native of Mackay Queensland, Australia, Liam Paro made his pro boxing debut back in March 2016, as he scored a unanimous decision victory over Jacob Mahony. In Paro’s most recent contest, he made a brief appearance inside the squared circle.

Back in October 2022, the Australian southpaw was set to face Brock Jarvis. With 39 seconds left to go in the opening round, Paro connected with a big left hand shot that resulted in a knockout victory.

The next step in Liam Paro’s boxing journey was supposed to occur in Liverpool, England, as he was scheduled to fight British boxer Robbie Davies Jr on March 11, but unfortunately, Paro had to withdraw from the bout. During training camp, Paro suffered an injury that was classified as a facial fracture.

Even though the injury sounds like something serious, it was labeled as being not severe, meaning Paro should be 100 percent healthy for his June 17th bout in New Orleans. The clash with Prograis will mark the second time that Liam Paro will compete in the United States.

He made his debut on American soil in December 2021 against Yomar Alamo. At the conclusion of the bout, Liam Paro left the United States with the win, but this time around, Paro plans to leave America with a victory and the WBC super lightweight title.

Winning the green belt would be a special accomplishment for Paro because back in August 1999, a fellow Australian resident name Kostya Tszyu won the same title in the same division. However, in order for Paro to duplicate Tszyu’s success, he has to beat a man who he considers to be the best in the division.

During an interview with Fighthype, Liam Paro talked about the difficult task he has ahead of him, and he spoke about his ranking as the reigning WBC super lightweight world champion, Regis Prograis.

“I think he’s the number one man to beat, so there is no better way to make my introduction to 140-pound by taking out the top guy, and I believe I can do so, and look, it’s not going to be easy, but that’s a world title fight, and to get my hand raised at the end of this one would mean the world.”

With Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn by his side, the WBC super lightweight champion formally announced his bout with Paro at the Canelo vs. Ryder clash. As Prograis talked about defending his title multiple times and then attempting to unify the division, it made Paro feel as if Prograis was overlooking him.

“I hope he’s overlooking me because I’d love to crush his dreams. I’d love to go over there to his backyard and crush them in front of his friends and family, and fans. So if he’s overlooking me, it’s going to be a tough lesson learned for him.”