Leigh Wood reclaims his WBA featherweight title with a dominating victory

Leigh Wood got redemption and captured the WBA featherweight title.

by Aryan Lakhani
Leigh Wood reclaims his WBA featherweight title with a dominating victory

Leigh Wood fought in a very different way compared to his last bout against Mauricio Lara; this match was noticeably one-sided in Leigh Wood’s favour. The Judges declared Leigh Wood the winner via unanimous decision. Both fighters threw excellent combinations of jabs and hooks, but Wood seemed to be a lot more hungry to avenge his bitter loss and capture the featherweight title.

After a few more matches, Leigh Wood may consider retiring. The fans were not exactly pleased with the performance, and somewhere in between, the crowd started booing. Leigh Wood seemed to be relieved after the convincing victory and already has prepared a list of opponents who wishes to share the ring with next.

We can expect the champion to show up one more time before the year ends; if not, then we should see him next in 2024.

Leigh Wood’s post-fight speech

The featherweight champion is excited about the future; he reflects on his win and reveals who is going to fight next.

After yesterday’s performance, Leigh Wood has updated his professional record to 27-3 (16 knockouts). “I wasn’t losing no matter what. I wasn’t losing tonight,” Wood said, as quoted by boxing247.com.

"Mauricio Lara is a great fighter, but I have a great team. I know what I have to do. Ben [Davison] guided me well. The shot that I put him down with, we worked on it time and time again, and it worked". He further said: “That’s what I’m here for.

I’m here for hard fights. I may get beat, but guess what? I come back and beat him. I only have two fights left. One is the City Grounds [against Josh Warrington] and the other is a unification [against IBF featherweight champion Luis Alberto Lopez]”.

Mauricio Lara should learn from his loss and strengthen his weaknesses; maybe if he secures a few more wins from here, he could demand a trilogy match.