Subriel Matias and Coach Jay “Panda” Najar Part Ways After Title Loss

Subriel Matias and Coach Jay “Panda” Najar Part Ways After Title Loss

Subriel Matias, a former WBO light welterweight world champion, has ended his professional relationship with Mexican coach Jay “Panda” Najar. Matias recently suffered a defeat at the hands of Liam Paro, losing in a twelve-round unanimous decision in front of his hometown fans in Manati, Puerto Rico. The loss marked Matias’ first fight under Matchroom Boxing.

Now, at 32 years old, Matias must refocus and regroup if he hopes to remain a top contender in the 135-pound division. Known for his aggressive and thrilling style, Matias is the type of fighter fans love to watch and should be able to bounce back from this setback.

Matias’ fighting style leans heavily towards offense, but he must also work on improving his defense to prevent vulnerabilities like those exposed in his fight against Paro. While fans and promoters are drawn to fighters with Matias’ all-out approach, it is essential for his longevity in the sport to find a balance between attack and defense.

In the wake of his split from Najar, the Mexican coach expressed his gratitude towards Matias on social media, praising him as a former world champion and acknowledging their bond as family. Meanwhile, Najar continues to train Mexican lightweight contender Williams “Camaron” Zepeda, who recently secured a third-round knockout victory in a match last Saturday.

Zepeda’s win has positioned him as a potential candidate for a shot at the WBC lightweight title held by Shakur Stevenson. Promoter Oscar De La Hoya is eager to see Zepeda tested against the best in the lightweight division.

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