Rising Australian boxing star Liam Paro has revealed how the tragic death of his best friend has inspired him in the wake of the biggest win of his career.
The undefeated Australian grabbed the boxing world’s attention with a stunning first-round knockout of Brock Jarvis in Brisbane recently, giving Daily Mail Australia insight into just how remarkable the journey to that victory has been.
The slick southpaw from Queensland needed just 149 seconds to make his wild statement with a left hook that sent the Jeff Fenech-trained opponent crashing to the canvas and saw him retain his WBO World Super Lightweight title.
Undefeated Australian boxer Liam Paro (pictured) earned the biggest win of his career – and the attention of the boxing world – with a stunning first-round knockout of Brock Jarvis in Brisbane recently.
The skilled southpaw from Queensland (pictured left) needed only 149 seconds to make his wild statement with a left hook that sent the Jeff Fenech-trained opponent to the canvas.
The 26-year-old is currently ranked No. 2 by the WBO at that weight, behind hard-hitting American Teofimo Lopez, and his victory statement over Jarvis will cement his claim for a title shot and fulfill a promise to his childhood. friend who tragically passed away.
“I always said I was the best fighter in the country and if that’s not a statement, I don’t know what they want,” he said after the fight.
“I hope Brock is okay, you don’t want to see fighters go down like that.”
The ex-worker was still enthusiastic a week later, describing the event as the “perfect result”.
Paro is currently ranked No. 2 with the WBO, behind American Teofimo Lopez, and his victory statement over Jarvis (pictured) will cement his claim for a title shot.
‘I couldn’t write the script better. Ending it in the first round was a dream come true,” Paro told Daily Mail Australia.
I am always ready for war. The opening was there, so I took it with both hands. I made sure he didn’t get up too.
Paro is in no doubt that he is ready to take on the best in the world, and has the words ‘Conquer the World’ tattooed on his body to remind him of his mission.
It was a mantra he shared with childhood companion Regan Grieve, who was a standout rugby league player who captained the Queensland under-18 team and was signed by the North Queensland Cowboys.
Paro’s childhood friend Regan Grieve, who was a prominent rugby league player, took his own life in 2015. His death left Paro devastated, and the boxer says he is now fighting to “take over the world”. in memory of your partner.
Grieve took her own life in 2015 at just 18 years old, leaving Paro absolutely devastated.
‘People talk about their why. That’s my why’, explained Paro.
‘I made him a promise. I got the ‘Conquer the World’ tattoo: he was going to conquer the NRL and me by boxing. Now I’m doing it for both of us.
So when I’m sore and I don’t want to get out of bed, I think I have to get up and do this for both of us. I am a man of my word and I promised him that I would be world champion, so I will achieve it.’
Regan Grieve (right) is pictured with NRL legend Sam Thaiday. He stopped saying that he made a promise to his friend that he intends to keep.
Paro was also a young soccer talent, but fell in love with boxing at age 13 after seeing a neighbor heading to the gym.
He had a rapid rise in the sport and soon found himself as former world champion Jeff Horn’s sparring partner in his fight against Manny Pacquiao, and then again for his fight with Terence Crawford.
Horn was quick to sing the praises of the young southpaw at the time, saying he could one day win a world title.
Liam Paro with his glamorous partner Laura after a win earlier this year
‘Iron sharpens iron, as they say,’ says Paro.
‘And also training with Devin Haney and Shakur Stevenson was huge for my confidence.
‘For me to get in there and give them competitive rounds was great. These guys are the best of the best. I belong there. I have to keep testing it under the bright lights. I belong at the top and I’m going to be there for a while.
Major promoter Eddie Hearn is another believer in the Aussie, who says Paro’s recent KO of Jarvis was a statement to the world.
Paro (right) is pictured with undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney. The Australian believes that training with champions like Haney has given him confidence.
“That was a truly world-class performance, an impressive knockout that will be played over and over again around the world for days to come,” said Hearn.
‘He is ready to fight for the world championship.
‘Josh Taylor will fight Jack Catterall, and it looks like he (Paro) should be mandatory for the winner.
“If they want to leave, it’s Liam Paro versus Teofimo Lopez and I’ll do everything I can to bring that to Australia,” Hearn said.
Liam Paro (right) is pictured with former featherweight world champion Shakur Stevenson
Paro says he doesn’t care who he has to fight for the world title as long as it happens soon.
“I have shown how good I am,” said Paro. ‘I would like to fight all of them and take them down one by one.’
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