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Subriel Matias aka Must-Watch Matias, Battles June 15 in PR

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Subriel Matias aka Must-Watch Matias, Battles June 15 in PR

“Punches in bunches” isn’t a phrase you hear on air too much but it had a heyday in the 90s. It came back to mind recently, as I was mulling the fixed date for the next Subriel Matias bout.

The current IBF World Junior Welterweight titlist who is programmed to punch will toss the Everlasts in the face of Liam Paro.

This Matchroom event will play out at the Coliseo Juan Aubín Cruz Abreu in Manatí, Puerto Rico, on Saturday June 15. It streams live worldwide on DAZN.

Subriel Matias got down to work after a slow first round, drilling Shohjahon Ergashev and driving him from the ring after five rounds. Photo: Ryan Hafey, Premier Boxing Champions

Subriel Matias got down to work after a slow first round, drilling Shohjahon Ergashev and driving him from the ring after five rounds. Photo: Ryan Hafey, Premier Boxing Champions

Matías (20-1, 20 KOs) won the vacant IBF 140 pound title last February, grinding down  Jeremias Ponce to quit after five rounds of their clash in Minnesota.

The ferocious fire baller defended his title against mandatory challenger Shohjahon Ergashev in November; it was another retirement, this time after six rounds in Las Vegas.

Subriel Matias Is Nicknamed Must-Watch Matias

The 31 year Subriel Matias spoke on the feelings associated with plying his trade at home.

“I am super excited to be able to be in front of my people defending the title that we had such a hard time getting,” said Subriel Matías. “The mentality will always be the same and in front of my people I don't even have to say it, they know me. The Pride of Maternillo.”

Paro holds a 24-0 record, with 15 KOs. The Australian challenger floored Montana Love twice in a six-round whuppin’ in San Francisco in December.

The unbeaten southpaw sounds psyched to face the hyper aggressive Subriel Matias, a legit merchant of menace,

“I’ve waited my whole life for this opportunity,” said Paro. “Fighter’s fight and I can’t wait to fight the boogeyman in his backyard.”

June 15 is Matchroom’s first event in Puerto Rico, and the first fight with Matías after he signed a co-promotional deal with Matchroom and Fresh.

“I am so excited to be bringing Subriel back home for his second World title defense,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “It’s an honor for Matchroom to be heading to Puerto Rico for the first time and there’s no doubt that Subriel and Liam will produce an epic battle to mark the occasion.

“We want to thank the Mayor of Manatí, Honorable José Sanchez and his office for working with us to make this happen, and we promise to deliver a night to remember on June 15.”

Tickets for Subriel Matías vs. Paro are on sale on April 5.

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.