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Liam Paro scores spectacular first-round knockout of Brock Jarvis to open account on DAZN

Liam Paro stopped Brock Jarvis in the opening round. Photo credit: Getty Images

Junior welterweight contender Liam ‘The Prodigy’ Paro 23-0 (14) scored a sensational first-round knockout of previously undefeated Brock Jarvis 20-1 (18) in the headline bout of the first boxing card promoted by Matchroom Boxing and broadcast on DAZN from Australia.

Boxing in front of a packed crowd at the South Bank Piazza in Brisbane, the 26-year-old southpaw was able to tag the forward-charging Jarvis early and often, walking him onto his shots.

Jarvis, who was moving up two weight classes for the fight, looked the bigger man in the ring, but his porous defence cost him. A jolting left cross caught the Jeff Fenech trained fighter right on the button and he went down hard. Jarvis immediately tried to get up but his body wouldn’t respond and he fell face first into the canvas. The fight was waved off at the 2:29 mark.

“There was a lot riding on this fight,” Paro said. “I’ve shut a few mouths and there’s just one thing I want to say, people didn’t believe me. [For those] who thought that Brock was going to win, please do yourselves a favour and educate yourselves because you know nothing about boxing.”

“That was an elite performance from an elite fighter,” promoter Eddie Hearn said afterwards. “But not just that, a showreel knockout – and that’s what people want to see – that was one of the knockouts of the year.”

WBO number two Paro sits behind only former lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez 17-1 (13) in the Puerto Rican sanctioning body’s rankings. With champion Josh Taylor 19-0 (13) expected to face Jack Catterall 26-1 (13) in a rematch before moving up in weight, a fight between Paro and Lopez for the vacant title could be on the cards.

Paro said he didn’t care who he fights for the championship.

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

In the main support bout heavyweight Demsey ‘The Towering Terror’ McKean 22-0 (14) scored a third-round knockout of Patrick Korte 18-2-1 (15). Hearn has flagged putting McKean in against one one of the other heavyweights in his stable in a stadium fight at Brisbane’s Gabba, a venue with a capacity of more the 40,000.

“I’m going to have to hold Eddie to that one, I think he said the Gabba against AJ, so obviously that would be my first preference,” McKean said afterwards.

“But any of those top level guys that he mentioned, Dereck Chisora, Dillian Whyte, a lot of respect for those guys, they’ve done a lot for the game.

“It’s my time now, and I need to start climbing those ranks quite quickly, and I think a win over one of those top guys is going to put me in contention pretty fast.”

“He’s 22-0, he’s top ten in the world, what more have you got to do?” Hearn said.

“He’s yet to fight one of those elite guys, but that’s what happens – you build your record, you’re learning the game, you build yourself up the rankings, and then you fight one of the elite guys. So that’s the natural step next.

“If AJ gets on his bike and goes on this world tour that he’s talked about, it’s no joke about the Gabba.

“100 per cent a major name will be next for Demsey McKean.”

In other action Commonwealth Games gold medallist Skye Nicolson 5-0 claimed the vacant Commonwealth featherweight title by unanimous decision against Krystina ‘Mousey’ Jacobs 6-4 by scores of 100-89, 99-90 and 98-91.

“It meant a lot to me,” Nicholson said. “Obviously, winning the Commonwealth Games here in Queensland four years’ ago – so to get the Commonwealth title back here in my home town was amazing, I’m very grateful to be here.

“I’m a big believer in destiny – I feel like my path’s already been written and I’m just riding the wave.”

Nicolson plans to have one more fight this year before targeting a world title shot in 2023.

“I want to move fast,” she said. “I did my apprenticeship in the amateurs and I’m ready to take those big fights.”