Liam Paro To Make UK Debut As Robbie Davies Jr Secures World-Level Fight On Home Turf
Britain’s Robbie Davies Jr (23-3, 15 KOs) and Australia’s Liam Paro (23-0, 14 KOs) have agreed terms to meet in a 10/12-round super lightweight contest that will take place on Saturday, March 11 at the 9,000-capacity M&S Bank Arena in Davies’ hometown of Liverpool, England live on DAZN.
Former world super middleweight champion Callum Smith (29-1, 21 KOs), who is the WBC’s mandatory challenger at light heavyweight, will headline the card in a ‘keep busy’ fight before challenging the winner of Artur Beterbiev and Anthony Yarde for the WBC, IBF and WBO 175-pound belts.
Paro is the WBO’s #2 ranked contender at 140 and is patiently awaiting his chance at a world title. The Aussie southpaw had his breakout fight on the Jake Paul-Tyron Woodley 2 card where he edged Yomar Alamo on his US debut and managed to sign with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing immediately after.
The World number two’s sole fight last year came in the form of a big domestic clash against fellow unbeaten Australian Brock Jarvis (20-0) in Matchroom’s launch down under. Paro proved his world-level capabilities by spectacularly knocking out Jarvis in the first round, a fight which many considered 50-50 going in.
Davies Jr has been in a rebuilding process since his shock defeat to Gabriel Valenzuela in Feb 2021 which led him to part ways with his long-time trainer Dominic Ingle and team up with Shane McGuigan. A second-round KO over Hank Lundy in Dec earned Davies the WBA Continental strap and put him back in contention.
The Liverpudlian also only fought once in 2022, a tight decision win over Javier Molina in May. A career-changing opportunity arises here for Davies as an upset win in what is a winnable fight will put him straight into the mix for a world title shot.
After a successful US debut and a big domestic fight, Paro looks to further his profile on a global stage and the UK is the next stop. A market that could be all-important for Paro as Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall rematch on March 4, 2023, with Liam Paro being the #2 contender for the winner’s WBO belt.
Stay tuned for further updates about the card and the headliner.