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Liam Paro plots world title shot in 2024 after returning to the ring with a bang

Liam Paro vs Montana Love. Photo credit: Matchroom Boxing

Junior welterweight contender Liam ‘The Prodigy’ Paro 24-0 (15) burst back onto the big stage with a sixth-round knockout victory over Montana Love 18-2-1 (9) two weeks ago.

It was a welcome return to the ring for the undefeated 27-year-old Australian, who had two previously scheduled fights scratched this year due to separate injuries.

“It was good to be back doing what I love,” Paro said to NunanBoy Promotions.

“It’s been a rollercoaster of a year and I’ve only boxed one round in the past two years. To get back and be doing what I love means the most to me, and having people close to me over there with me means even more.

“It was good to get back to our winning ways and pick up where we left off, back in world title contention for 2024.”

The fight took place on the undercard of WBC junior welterweight title fight between Regis Progrias 29-2 (24) and former undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney 31-0 (15) at the sold-out Chase Centre in San Francisco, California.

“It was unreal, it was so good,” Paro said of the atmosphere. “Like you said, no small shows for us, all big fights, big stages. It’s what we do, perform on the biggest stages. It’s good to be back. The crowd doesn’t matter, I don’t let them get to me too much. It can be 20,000, it can be two people there. I’ve got a job to do and I execute that all the time.

“It was good to be back and putting myself in line for some even bigger fights next year.

“The bigger the task, the better I perform. It’s always been like that. At the end of the day. it’s just me and him in the ring. It doesn’t matter who’s there, no-one else can help or anything like that.

“I’ve always been good at zoning in when I need to. That’s the fun part. I enjoy fighting, I really do love fighting. There’s nothing to be nervous about, there’s nothing to really be scared of. It’s a fun thing and I always back myself and my ability.”

In the Love fight Paro started at a conservative pace, getting a good look at his speedy opponent early as he looked to time his shots. As the rounds progressed Paro incrementally increased the pressure until he was in full control in the fourth round.

By the sixth he opened the throttle, dropping Love with a big left uppercut to the chin and again when a left cross shortly after he beat the first count.

The 28-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio beat the count again, but his days were numbered. Paro trapped his fellow lefty of the ropes and unloaded, forcing referee Thomas Taylor to step in and halt the contest at the 1:49 mark.

“It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” Paro said of his cagey start. “I’ve got 10 or 12 rounds to break someone down.

“I knew I was going to catch him. I’ve always said if I catch someone clean enough, they’re not going to be still standing. I was closing the gap, feeling him out.

“Montana Love ia s good boxer, very agile, but I was doing what I had to do. Some people were saying it was a slow start, but that was a calculated start. We did everything we needed to do to break him down and I was a man of my word. I said I was going to bully him and that’s what I did.

“I ended up turning the screws and putting the pressure on him in rounds four and five, and then in round six, I closed the show.”