– Mauricio Lara Stopped Leigh Wood In Their First Fight This February To Win The World Featherweight Title
– Josh Warrington Was Expected To Face Lara But Wood Activated His Contracted Rematch Clause
– Lara vs Wood 2 Tops Matchroom Card In Manchester, Live On DAZN
Mauricio Lara came from behind on the scorecards to dramatically stop Leigh Wood in their first encounter in February to win the WBA Featherweight Title at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham.
‘Leightal’ seemed to be in complete control of the bout through 6 rounds, with Lara only winning the 2nd, in which he shook Wood badly. All was going well for Wood, until the last minute of the 7th. The two featherweight warriors traded left hooks, and Lara’s landed far cleaner with Wood loading up on the punch giving away speed.
Wood was put down badly, and despite him getting to his feet at the count of 8, his trainer Ben Davison controversially threw in the towel – a move that was much debated immediately after but seems to have become more popular as hours passed.
Just three months on, Wood (26-3 16 KOs) will get another chance at his world title as he battles Mexican Lara (26-2-1, 19 KOs) this Saturday, May 27 at the 20,000-capacity AO Arena in Manchester, England live on DAZN.
Wood’s domestic rival Josh Warrington was also in-play to land the Lara bout on May 27 but Wood’s rematch clause has got him the fight instead with Eddie Hearn hoping Warrington can face the winner later this year. Otabek Kholmatov is the mandatory challenger for the belt, a fight that is likely to be ordered next.
Wood vs Lara 2 UK Time, Ticket Information, And Ring Walk Times
An 8-fight card which features Terri Harper‘s world title defence, the Matchroom debut of the uncrowned undisputed champion Jack Catterall, a 50-50 English title fight, and more is scheduled to begin at 5:00 pm BST (12:00 pm ET, 9:00 am PT) on the Matchroom Boxing and DAZN Boxing YouTube channels with the main card a little while later at 7 pm BST (2 pm ET, 11 am PT) on DAZN globally.
Main Event Ring Walks will occur at approximately 10:00 pm BST (5:00 pm ET, 2:00 pm PT). Stay tuned to NoSmokeSport.com for more details about the undercard, running order, and fight week updates as they happen. Limited tickets are still available for this event
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Mauricio Lara vs Leigh Wood 2 – WBA Featherweight Title – May 27– AO Arena, Manchester – Live on DAZN