In the cool, crisp air of San Francisco’s Chase Center on a fateful Saturday, December 9, the boxing world will witness Liam Paro’s bold assertion of his rightful place among boxing’s elite. This thrilling event, headlined by the WBC World Super-Lightweight title defense by Regis Prograis against Devin Haney, will be broadcast live on DAZN PPV in North America and globally on DAZN.
Liam Paro, a fighter unblemished by defeat with a record of 23-0 and 14 KOs, steps back into the ring after a year away, still riding the high of his stunning first-round knockout of Brock Jarvis in Brisbane. Injuries may have sidelined him, missing significant fights including a coveted world title bout against Prograis, but now he’s back, fully fit and more fiery than ever.
Training in Las Vegas, Paro has been the center of a whirlwind of attention, especially for his sparring sessions with the renowned Shakur Stevenson. While respecting the unwritten rules of the gym, Paro hints at a newfound conviction from these exchanges, a belief that he’s destined to share the stage with the likes of Stevenson and others.
Paro, with an air of quiet confidence, speaks of his recent sparring, “It’s just sparring, but it’s a testament to where I stand. Training with Shakur, that’s top-contender work, and I am right there with them.”
Looking ahead, Paro sets his sights on the winner of Haney vs. Prograis. While he leans towards Haney for his agility and quickness, reminiscent of Lomachenko, he doesn’t underestimate Prograis’s potential to surprise. “Haney vs. Paro,” he muses, “that has a nice ring to it, but first, I’ve got a significant task at hand with Montana Love.”
Paro’s ambition is clear: to headline major events and etch his name among the greats of the sport. Reflecting on his journey and his aspirations, he says, “It’s like a dream unfolding into reality. I’m here to show the world what I’m capable of. The bigger the challenge, the more I excel. That’s the mark of a true champion.”
The latest episode of Flash Knockdown, featuring Paro, also brings insights from O’Shaquie Foster post his exciting fight with Rocky Hernandez and his plans for a unification bout with Joe Cordina. Josh Warrington reflects on his encounter with Leigh Wood, and the show is graced with another memorable anecdote from Mike Costello’s vast reservoir of boxing tales.