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Subriel Matias News
The hard-hitting, rising Filipino star ends Russell's long reign to become the new WBC Featherweight World Champion Saturday night on PBC on SHOWTIME.
The four-division world champion cements his Hall of Fame credentials with a sensational knockout victory to become champion once more Saturday night on PBC on SHOWTIME.
Subriel Matias Fights
Win vs Petros Ananyan 16-2-2
Jan 22, 2022 • Borgata Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Subriel Matias WINS against Petros Ananyan by RTD in Round 9 of 12
Win vs Batyrzhan Jukembayev 18-0-0
May 29, 2021 • Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California
Subriel Matias WINS against Batyrzhan Jukembayev by KO in Round 8 of 12
WIN vs Malik Hawkins 18-0-0
Oct 24, 2020 • Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA
Malik Hawkins LOSES to Subriel Matias by RTD in Round 6 of 10
Loss vs Petros Ananyan 14-2-2
Feb 22, 2020 • MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Subriel Matias LOSES to Petros Ananyan by UD in Round 10 of 10
Win vs Jonathan Jose Eniz 24-12-1
Nov 30, 2019 • Coliseo Tomas Dones, Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Subriel Matias WINS against Jonathan Jose Eniz by TKO in Round 5 of 10
WIN vs Maxim Dadashev 13-0-0
Jul 19, 2019 • MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, USA
Maxim Dadashev LOSES to Subriel Matias by RTD in Round 11 of 12
Win vs Wilberth Lopez 23-10-0
Mar 02, 2019 • Coliseo Tomas Dones, Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Subriel Matias WINS against Wilberth Lopez by TKO in Round 6 of 10
Win vs Fernando David Saucedo 62-8-3
Oct 27, 2018 • Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Subriel Matias WINS against Fernando David Saucedo by TKO in Round 1 of 10
Win vs Breidis Prescott 31-18-0
Aug 18, 2018 • Coliseo Tomas Dones, Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Subriel Matias WINS against Breidis Prescott by TKO in Round 4 of 10
Win vs Adrian Estrella 28-1-0
May 19, 2018 • Parque de Pelota Pedro "Perucho" Cepeda, Catano, Puerto Rico
Subriel Matias WINS against Adrian Estrella by RTD in Round 4 of 10
Win vs Daulis Prescott 31-6-0
Feb 17, 2018 • Coliseo Ecuestre Municipal, Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Subriel Matias WINS against Daulis Prescott by TKO in Round 3 of 10
Win vs Patrick Lopez 25-9-0
Nov 18, 2017 • Hotel Jaragua, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Subriel Matias WINS against Patrick Lopez by TKO in Round 2 of 8
Win vs Luis Alberto Pelayo 14-7-0
Aug 05, 2017 • Coliseo Ecuestre Municipal, Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Subriel Matias WINS against Luis Alberto Pelayo by TKO in Round 2 of 8
Win vs Abrahan Peralta Ventura 18-5-0
Jun 24, 2017 • Hotel Jaragua, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Subriel Matias WINS against Abrahan Peralta Ventura by RTD in Round 2 of 10
Win vs Joaquim Carneiro 23-9-0
Mar 25, 2017 • Parque Concepcion Perez Alberto, Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Subriel Matias WINS against Joaquim Carneiro by TKO in Round 3 of 8
Win vs Jeffrey Fontanez 16-2-0
Dec 10, 2016 • Coliseo Cosme Beitia Salamo, Catano, Puerto Rico
Subriel Matias WINS against Jeffrey Fontanez by TKO in Round 2 of 6
Win vs Luis Rodriguez 3-6-0
Sep 09, 2016 • Coliseo Cosme Beitia Salamo, Catano, Puerto Rico
Subriel Matias WINS against Luis Rodriguez by TKO in Round 4 of 6
Win vs Ramon Melendez 0-0-0
Jul 16, 2016 • Coliseo Tomas Dones, Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Subriel Matias WINS against Ramon Melendez by TKO in Round 2 of 4
Win vs Juan Rojas Rodriguez 0-1-0
Dec 19, 2015 • Coliseo Tomas Dones, Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Subriel Matias WINS against Juan Rojas Rodriguez by TKO in Round 1 of 4
Subriel Matias Bio
Hailing from the boxing-rich country of Puerto Rico, Subriel Matias has turned heads with his two-fisted power and unorthodox attack. Matias is climbing the ranks quickly at 140-pounds as he closes in on a world title shot.
School of the Hard Knocks
Subriel Matias grew up in the small city of Fajardo, in the east of Puerto Rico, whose most famous boxer was former world champion John John Molina.
“I was always fighting in school until I started in boxing,” said Matias, who idolized Hall of Fame Puerto Rican former champion Felix Trinidad and first entered the ring as a 12-year-old. “Boxing changed my way of thinking and behaving. I can say that boxing changed my life completely.”
Matías won 80 of 100 amateur bouts with 22 knockouts, stopping every opponent to win the Isaac Barrientos tournament and earning a silver in another called the Cheo Aponte tournament.
Matias survived shootings in 2012 and again in 2013 which have left scars on his butt, on the inside of his right thigh and another on the inside of his left thigh.
All of this before December 2015, when a 24-year-old, 145-pound Matias debuted professionally with a 61-second stoppage of Juan Rojas Rodriguez.
“I started a bit late in boxing. I was studying and working,” Matias, a former massage therapist, once told reporters in Las Vegas. “You are talking to a dead man who God has brought back to life.”
Matias stopped all three opponents in 2016 in four rounds or fewer, capped by a second-round TKO of Jeffrey Fontanez, who entered their December bout at 16-2 with 12 knockouts.
There were four more stoppage victories in three or less rounds in 2017, ending with November’s one-knockdown second-round TKO of southpaw Patrick Lopez, a former Olympian who entered at 25-9 with 16 knockouts.
A sensational 2018 featured four more stoppages, in succession, over Columbia’s Daulis Prescott (February), Mexico’s Adrian Estrella (May), Daulis’ brother, Breidis (August), and former title challenger Fernando David Saucedo (October).
Matias halted Daulis and Breidis Prescott, former contenders, in the third- and fourth-rounds. Saucedo was floored twice during his first-round stoppage loss, and Estrella, a future title challenger who entered at 28-1 (24 KOs), in the fourth.
On The Come Up
In 2019, Matias scored a sixth-round knockout of Wilberth Lopez in March, an 11th-round TKO over Maxim Dadashev in July and a fifth round stoppage of Jonathan Jose Eniz in November.
Dadashev was 13-0 (11 KOs) entering their 140-pound title elimination bout, after which the Russian boxer suffered a severe brain injury and died a few days later.
"No one is prepared to die while looking for dreams and goals,” said Matias in a statement. “Fly high, great warrior. Only God knows the reason for things. You will always have my respect. RIP Maxim Dadashev.”
Matias split his next two bouts of 2020, being floored in the seventh of a 10-round unanimous decision loss to Petros Ananyan in February before dominating October’s sixth-round stoppage of previously unbeaten 6-foot Malik Hawkins, who entered at 18-0 (11 KOs).
The Hawkins victory was a scary performance—easily the finest of his professional career.
“The biggest difference between this [Hawkins] fight and my loss was the way I trained in the gym,” said Matias, who battered Hawkins with left hooks to the head and body all night, flooring him with a final-round left hook behind the head.
“I didn’t train as much as I should have for my last fight. Malik didn’t have the power to hurt me. In the first round, I knew that. And that’s when I kept moving forward and started hurting him in the body. That’s what I kept doing, just going to the body.”
Matias was right back in the ring on May 29, 2021, as he took on Batyrzhan Jukembayev on the Oubaali-Donaire undercard, live on PBC on SHOWTIME from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. Matias delivered another power-punching display, breaking down previously-unbeaten Jukembayev until Jukembayev’s corner stopped the bout after eight riveting rounds.
With the win, Matias established himself as one of the best in a stacked division, but this latest win wasn’t easy. Kazakhstan’s Jukembayev came out strong, landing a right hook-right uppercut combination upstairs from his southpaw stance that got Matias’ attention in the first.
Jukembayev pushed the pace in the second. Matias began letting his hands go in the third, throwing in combination to the head and body. Both combatants were now fully warmed up, setting the stage for a fourth round that could be a candidate for “Round of the Year.” It began when a hard left hook staggered Jukembayev and drove him to the canvas. Matias sought to close the show but Jukembayev held on, cleared his head and started landing his own shots. With a minute left in the stanza, Jukembayev stunned Matias with a left cross. Instead of clinching, Matias fought fire with fire, bringing the crowd out of their seats with toe-to-toe action until the bell sounded.
Matias never stopped coming forward. Following a one-sided sixth, Jukembayev returned to his corner with both eyes swelling shut. The back and forth ensued in the seventh as Jukembayev buzzed Matias with two right hooks toward the end of the round.
Matias returned to the driver’s seat in the eighth round, pounding away at Jukembayev with both fists. In total, he out-landed Jukembayev by 100 punches (234/608 to 134 /409) and was more accurate (38.5% to 32.8%). The accumulation of blows was enough to convince Jukembayev’s corner to request the bout be stopped.
A DISH BEST SERVED COLD
Nothing was going to stop Matias from avenging the lone loss of his career in February 2020. It haunted him like a hovering specter for two years, never letting him go.
Finally, Matias had his chance and he didn’t disappoint.
On Saturday, January 22, 2022, Matias took on Petros Ananyan for a second time, this one at the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, on a PBC on SHOWTIME card.
Matias bludgeoned Ananyan over nine rounds, battering the stubborn 33-year-old Russian until he couldn’t answer the bell in the 10th.
“This is the fight that I always wanted,” Matias said. “Ever since my defeat to him, I wanted to avenge the loss. When you’re sure about yourself and you know that you have the skills that you have, you take the rematch.”
By the third, Matias had busted up Ananyan’s face with variety of uppercuts, strafing crosses and with constant pressure.
The few glitches came with 2:41 left in the seventh, when referee Mary Glover deducted a point from Matias for a low blow. The fighters ended the seventh going at each other nonstop.
By the ninth, Ananyan’s face was as red as his trunks. He fought back, though he couldn’t do anything to avoid Matias. Finally, with :02 left in the ninth, a Matias’ left hook to the chin sent Ananyan (16-3-2, 7 KOs) to canvas.
Beaten and swollen, Ananyan couldn’t answer the bell for the 10th.