January has been a somewhat slow month for the sweet science. However, it has not been quiet in the ring. This past week was no exception just one major card but did it ever make some noise. Subriel Matias and Petros Ananyan gave the boxing world fireworks back in February of 2020 on the undercard of Fury/Wilder2. The rematch was perhaps even better as Matias, of Puerto Rico, settled the score with Ananyan. beating him down in an all-action slugfest on his way to scoring a ninth-round TKO, moving his record to 18-1 (18), moving closer to a world title shot, and captured our Fighter of the Week award.
Matias entered the ring in Atlantic City, much like the Casinos in Atlantic City, looking to get back and get back to its former status. Not looking to go the cards, Matias came out aggressive and looking to end Ananyan from the opening bell on. By the third round, it was clear how this fight was going to go. It was going to be a phone booth scrap. Ananyan began to swell but he stayed competitive and Matias continued to pound away. Buckling Ananyan with vicious right uppercuts, Matias could not miss and mixed in hard body shots as he really began to break his opponent down. Ananyan put together a little rally in the fifth and sixth but the Puerto Rican came roaring back in the seventh as he continued tagging the body of his opponent. One too many strayed low and Matias had a point deducted. In the ninth, Matias was steamrolling Ananyan with body shots, completely breaking his man down. Ananyan tried his hardest to fight back, but he couldn’t keep Matias at bay. Finally, with 02 left in the ninth, a Matias’ left hook to the chin sent Ananyan to canvas. As the round ended Ananyan was allowed to continue but he was unable to answer the bell and come out for the 10th. Giving Matias his 18th stoppage victory in his 18th win in his 19th fight settling the score and exacting revenge on the only man that beat him.
Matias is in an extremely loaded division, a division with many good fights and many top-level fights that can be made but all of the belts are held by one man, Josh Taylor. So getting a world title shot is going to be an extremely difficult and political task. Not that he doesn’t deserve a world title shot, he has wins over Ananyan and Hawkins, as well as the tragic victory over Maxim Dadashev. He has put together an impressive resume in just 19 fights. However, until he can secure that fight there are some pretty good options for him on the PBC side. If they don’t want to make an Ananyan trilogy, there are good fights that could be made with fellow young prospect Omar Juarez or fights with former world champs Robert Easter jr or Rances Barthelemy. The talent and fights are there for the hard-hitting Puerto Rican jr welterweight he just may have to continue fighting and winning until he gets his turn for a world title shot.