- WBA Featherweight Champion Leigh Wood Wants To Fight Former Titleist Josh Warrington Next
- The Nottingham Forest Fan Wants To Stage The Bout In His Local Football Stadium ‘City Ground’
- Hearn Still Wants To Make Leigh Wood vs Josh Warrington Next Even Though The City Ground Is Now Officially Out Of The Running
WBA Featherweight champion, Leigh Wood regained his title with a dominant 12-round decision win over Mexican dangerman Mauricio Lara and immediately called out domestic rival Josh Warrington for a City Ground bout.
Leigh Wood vs Josh Warrington, Nottingham vs Leeds and the two best British fighters, who are both draws in their own right, a fight that every fan domestically wants to see next.
Wood also realises that he needs a name like Warrington for his City Ground dream.
Eddie Hearn’s Latest On Leigh Wood vs Josh Warrington
Eddie Hearn shared updates regarding the anticipated Leigh Wood vs Josh Warrington fight in a recent interview with Boxing Social, revealing that the fight won’t be taking place at the City Ground in Nottingham, despite it being a long-awaited dream for Wood
The original plan to host the fight at the City Ground fell through, with Hearn explaining the reason: “Nottingham Forest came back and said, ‘Look, October, a week between the schedules just doesn’t work for the pitch, so we can’t do it there.'”
Making Wood vs Warrington is difficult to do as although it is by far the biggest fight out there for Wood, a little-known WBA mandatory challenger in Otabek Kholmatov has been ordered.
Wood may be forced to vacate his title but with the limited amount of fights he has left, this is probably the optimal move.
Hearn further mentioned that discussions are underway to solidify the fight with an alternative venue being explored for the bout. He remarked, “Frank [Smith] met with Josh Warrington today, I met with Ben Davidson and Leigh Wood. Now we all want to make that fight.”
The promoter exuded enthusiasm about the potential match-up, referring to it as “a tremendous fight” and expressing his conviction that it will come to fruition.
He emphatically added, “It’s one of the best fights that can be made in British boxing, and I’m very confident we can get it done.”
Manchester’s 20,000-capacity AO Arena is now probably the frontrunner to host Wood-Warrington but Sheffield’s 12,000-capacity Utlita Arena could also be explored, as both would be somewhat neutral venues.
Leigh Wood Image Credit Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing