Jeff Horn is not the only boxer in Queensland, it turns out.
Like the Cowboys, light-welterweight boxing star Liam Paro, one of Horn’s sparring partners for the controversially decided Horn v Pacquiao fight, was a surprise winner when he stepped into the ring at Brisbane’s Eatons Hill Hotel and beat previously undefeated Argentinian boxer Jose Aubel.
Paro, one of those dangerous southpaws, dispatched Aubel before the bell had sounded to end the third round, when the fight was stopped for a TKO.
Paro has now scored 10 victories from 10 fights.
He is every bit as handsome as Jeff Horn in the bargain.
Paro will return to the place where he got his start, the Entertainment Centre in Townsville, where local coach Dennis Clancy gave him a start on the correct trajectory. Paro’s next bout will be on November 4.
The same evening Paro was taking out Aubel, Brisbane boxer April Adams put on an exhibition of boxing proficiency when she won a unanimous decision over Carol Earl of Sydney to earn the Australian female super-bantamweight title.
Also on the evening’s card, Brisbane Lion’s AFLW star Tayla Harris won the second professional fight of her nascent boxing career when she beat New Zealander Tessa Tualevao.
Not meaning to come off as misogynistic or patronising, but Ms. Harris is far too foxy to be spending her time getting punched anywhere on her, body or face. Ah, well, equal rights for everyone seems to be the politically correct stance these days. We would not want her to hit us, wearing boxing gloves or a Lions’ guernsey.
It was a difficult night for boxers from Argentina, as up and coming Brisbane light-heavyweight Reagan Dessaix needed less than one round to dispatch Ramon Benitez.
Finally, world class rated Brisbaner light-heavyweight Trent Broadhurst will face non-Argentinian Dmitry Bivol of Russia for the currently unoccupied World Boxing Association light-heavyweight crown.