Wednesday, June 19, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Local Crowned Mackay’s First Ever Boxing World Champion

In a regional first, a local man of Mackay, Liam Paro, etched his name into Australian sporting history by fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming a world champion in boxing on June 16.

Raised in Mackay, Liam was known for his boundless energy and passion for boxing from an early age after he confidently declared his ambitions to his mother while perched on his kitchen bench one day at just thirteen years old.

Liam's mother, Sharon Cortez, vividly recalls the day when her teenage son proclaimed this future greatness and says, “It was a day I will never forget.”

Recently, his dream became a reality in a momentous victory in Puerto Rico, where he triumphed over Subriel Matias to claim the IBF super lightweight title after a gruelling twelve-round battle.

After twelve rounds of action against ‘the boogeyman’ of the division, Mackay’s home town hero walked away with a dominant win to be crowned Mackay’s first ever boxing world champion.

Throughout his formative years, Liam's athletic skills continued to shine earning him recognition among peers and community members alike for his versatility and commitment to striving for the best.

His latest accomplishment not only celebrates his personal success but also pin points Mackay on the international boxing stage in an event that was yet to be seen in the region's history.

As Mackay prepares to welcome home its first-ever boxing world champion, there has been an outpour of overwhelming support from community members to celebrate Liam Paro's remarkable achievement with locals rallying behind him for a grand homecoming parade. This gesture aims to honour not only his athletic prowess, but also the values of grit and tenacity that Liam embodies.

Beyond boxing, Liam's journey demonstrates the values of perseverance and fortitude, inspiring both current and aspiring local athletes to pursue their dreams with passion and commitment. Liam's ascent from a young boy with a dream to a global boxing icon serves as a powerful inspiration to current and future generations. His story is a testament to the belief that with persistence and commitment, any goal can be achieved.

Mackay stands united in pride and celebration, eagerly awaiting Liam's return to applaud his legacy.

“I made a promise to my friend that passed away and I’m a man of my word… and to all the people that said I couldn’t do it - It’s Paro time,” Liam declared.

Local boxer, Liam Paro, took home the title of Mackay’s first ever boxing world champion. Photo credit: Liam “The Prodigy” Paro (Facebook)

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