Subriel Matias Extended His Record To 19-1 And Continued His Perfect KO Ratio In Wins
Subriel Matias stopped Jermias Ponce last night in strange circumstances, to win the IBF Super Lightweight world title.
The Minneapolis crowd were treated to a great fight from the opening bell, with Ponce coming out very quickly, landing numerous body and head shots on the way to winning first. Matias however came back in the second, a round which was a precursor of what was to come.
Matias landed heavy blows to the head of the Argentine throughout the 2nd and 3rd. Although Ponce kept up his work rate from the first, it was obvious that the Argentine was starting to wilt a little, mainly due to his lack of defence.
Matias kept landing huge blows, visibly hurting Ponce in the 4th round. Eventually, the power of the Puerto Rican took its toll, when in the last 20 seconds of the 5th, Ponce was caught with a monstrous left hook, stiffening his legs. Matias followed up and put his opponent down.
Then with Ponce making it to the bell, the corner pulled their man out, in a decision that has been widely criticised, with many viewers feeling like Ponce could, and should continue.
The 30-year-old will now look to unify his title, previously talking about a potential bout with WBC title holder Regis Prograis, or a possibility of a match-up against fellow PBC fighter Alberto Puello.