“Who Is Going to Fight Me”: ‘The Real Best’ Super- Lightweight Champion Calls Out All Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney, Teofimo Lopez, and Rolly Romero Following Chaos at 140 Lbs.

Published 01/08/2024, 12:10 AM EST

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Fans love knockouts. Boxers, as much as they want to deliver one, often end up walking the whole distance. But this guy prefers not to follow the norm. As the last five outings have shown, he takes a step ahead. Since his first career loss to Petros Ananyan in 2020, Subriel Matias has been on a winning streak. However, a dazzling theme overlaps the triumphs.

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All the opponents who faced ‘The Pride of Maternillo’ eventually, for one reason or another, preferred to retire from the bout. For such is the ferocity with which the Puerto Rican champion, with a 100 percent knockout rate, strikes. So is that the reason why even the A-listers avoid him? Subriel Matias has now raised the big question. The 140-pound division seems to be on a nervous roll. It’s been flinching from one fixture to another. Yet the name Subriel Matias remains notably absent. The light welterweight champion is finally calling everyone’s attention.

Duck me no more: Subriel Matias

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So Subriel Matias has a message. He said, “The real best 140 is here. No Teofimo…p**sy, no Ryan—who is Ryan? No Haney…chicken. No, Rollie…he’s a joker. And the world know it. So what happened? I’am here. Who going fight with me? Who?” However, quite a few who followed the post pointed out how Lopez and Haney had called him out for a fight.

It was early on February 25 last year that Matias became the IBF light welterweight champion. Nine months later, he defends it fittingly against the Uzbek Shohjahon Ergashev on the David BenavidezDemetrius Andrade headliner at Michelob Ultra Arena.

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So one might naturally wonder why Subriel Matias had to go for an open callout. But in light of those comments, a few pointers might stir up memories.

Was it the other way around? Not so long ago

After the Regis Prograis victory, Bill Haney mentioned receiving a $4 million offer. However, later, Matias’ coach, in a separate interview, clarified the matter. Haney senior had reportedly mentioned a particular person, who informed him that Matias sought $4 million for a fight. So Panda responded, “There’s no way in the world we will be asking for 4 million Dollars, we’re realistic.” More so, the person in question never belonged to their team.

Similarly, while speaking with ‘Mill City Boxing,’ Coach Panda shared about a $1.5 million offer from Teofimo Lopez. However, the Puerto Rican team reportedly refused to get along with it. Explaining their stand, the renowned trainer said, “That there was an offer made and take the offer, so that’s when our team said okay, there was an offer, you know, an offer; I think it was $1.5 million. Anybody else would have jumped on it. Anybody else would have said, dang, that’s an opportunity of a lifetime, but I think we have a responsible team behind us.

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So admittedly, the entire 140-pound division is witnessing sudden turnarounds. Hence, ‘The Pride of Maternillo’ might be eager to position himself in the thick of action. Probably the fact remains that while he is a powerful hitter with an exceptional record, Subriel Matias really hasn’t had that much luck with a big payday thus far in his career. Therefore, a fight with either of the trio—Haney, Garcia, or Lopez—could take the light welterweight champion closer to that PPV dream.

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