Leigh Wood is hoping to regain his WBA featherweight world title in Manchester this weekend when he takes on Mauricio Lara in a rematch.
Wood was stopped by Lara earlier this year but was ahead on the scorecards at the time of the stoppage and will be hoping he can get the better of the Mexican this time around.
Here’s everything you need to know about a card that also sees Jack Catterall, Campbell Hatton and debutant Will Crolla, brother of former lightweight world champion Anthony, in action.
Where: AO Arena, Manchester
When: Saturday 27th May, 2023
How To Watch: DAZN. The card will begin at 7pm (BST) with the ringwalks for the main event expected at approximately 10pm.
Tale Of The Tape:
Place Of Birth: Mexico City, Mexico
Record: 26-2-1 (19)
Place Of Birth: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Record: 26-3 (16)
What Happened In The First Fight?
Back in February, Wood lost his WBA title to Lara when he was stopped in the seventh round at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham. Wood was ahead on all three judges' scorecards but was dropped by a sublime left hook and his trainer Ben Davison threw in the towel.
What They Say:
Wood: "I had him beat [in the first fight], he was running out of ideas and gassing.
"I got a little too carried away and thought he was ready to go - and he wasn't. I swapped shots with him, held my feet and paid the price.
"I got up way too fast and still had plenty of time.
"I should have composed myself, looked at that ref to show him I was all right and taken a breath before then standing up. But it's all experience.”
Full Fight Card:
Mauricio Lara v Leigh Wood, WBA featherweight title
Jack Catterall v Darragh Foley, super lightweight
Terri Harper v Ivana Habazin, WBA super welterweight title
Danny Ball v Jamie Robinson, BBBofC English welterweight title
Aqib Fiaz vs Costin Ion, super featherweight
Campbell Hatton vs Michal Bulik, super lightweight
Aaron Bowen vs TBA
William Crolla vs TBA
*18+ | BeGambleAware | Odds Subject To Change