- Leigh Wood And Josh Warrington Meet In One Of The Biggest Domestic Fights This Year
- The WBA Featherweight Title Clash Takes Place On Saturday In Sheffield, Live On DAZN
- Here Is The Confirmed Wood vs Warrington Running Order And Key Details
Leigh Wood and Josh Warrington will clash in a colossal domestic showdown this Saturday, October 7 at Sheffield‘s 12,500-capacity Utilita Arena, live on DAZN.
Wood’s WBA Featherweight world title will be on the line after the WBA approved a special permit requested by Matchroom for Wood to fight Warrington instead of mandatory challenger Otabek Kholmatov next.
Wood is however expected to vacate his title and move up in weight to face IBF Super Featherweight champion Joe Cordina should he win on Saturday.
Wood regained his title with a dominant 12-round decision win over Mexican dangerman Mauricio Lara in their May rematch and immediately called out Warrington for a City Ground bout.
Pitch concerns, unfortunately, ruled out Nottingham Forest’s City Ground stadium for Wood-Warrington much to the dismay of lifelong Forest fan Wood.
Warrington was upset by Lara in 2021 and their rematch unfortunately ended with an accidental clash of heads. The Leeds man has been hoping for a trilogy fight but it has not materialised, now he has a chance to beat the man who beat the man per se.
Wood vs Warrington Undercard
Terri Harper vs Cecilia Braekhus
WBA Super Welterweight champion Terri Harper (13-1-1 6 KOs) will defend her title in the co-feature against the former pound-for-pound No.1, Norway’s Cecilia Braekhus (37-2, 9 KOs).
The pair were originally supposed to meet earlier this year, but Braekhus was forced to withdraw from their fight on the morning of the event due to an illness. Harper returned the week after against Ivana Habazin instead, coming off best in a very competitive fight.
Harper’s WBA championship as well as the WBO title, which was recently vacated, will be on the line for the division #1 and former undisputed champion’s contest.
Doncaster’s Harper, who previously held a world title at 130, won the WBA 154lbs championship by dominating Hannah Rankin in Nottingham last year.
Both of Breakhus’s defeats have come to Jessica McCaskill in 2020 and 2021 and the ‘First Lady’ has not been in a big fight since. The Norwegian is a pioneer of Women’s boxing and will be no easy task for Harper.
Kieron Conway vs Linus Udofia
In what could be the pick of the undercard, Kieron Conway and Linus Udofia meet in a British title final eliminator for Denzel Bentley’s 160-pound championship.
Udofia’s sole defeat came to Bentley in their British fight-of-the-year contender for the Lonsdale belt last May. Most observers felt it was a razor-tight clash that could’ve gone either way.
Conway isn’t short of experience when it comes to being on the big cards. The Northamptonian has boxed twice on Canelo Alvarez undercards in the US falling short both times.
He also holds the best win of the pair, a 10-round decision over WBA #3 JJ Metcalf, who has gone on to upset Kerman Lejarraga in Bilbao and win the IBO world title.
Hopey Price vs Connor Coghill
Leeds southpaw Hopey Price (11-0) will face undefeated Connor Coghill (14-0) in a final eliminator for the British Featherweight title currently held by Nathaniel Collins.
Hull southpaw Coghill, who won the Central Area belt with a tight decision over Kane Salvin last year, has spent most of his career on the small-hall scene and now gets a big TV opportunity against the talented Leeds prospect.
Price recorded a career-best win in Sheffield over James Beech Jnr with a 7th-round RTD in July. The 23-year-old has struggled to maintain momentum so far but will hope a win here on Oct 7 sets him up for big fights in 2024.
Junaid Bostan vs Corey McCulloch
Super Welterweight prospect Junaid Bostan (6-0, 5 KOs) will box for the sixth time in just fourteen months on the show.
Bostan convincingly decisioned unbeaten Area champion Ryan Amos in his last outing and once again will step up the opposition against Corey McCulloch (7-3-1).
Scottish champion McCulloch claimed the championship and Fraser Wilkinson’s 0 in their rematch in May.
Wood vs Warrington Before The Bell
Nico Leivars (4-0-1) steps up the competition against former southern area champ Ryan Walker (12-5) over eight rounds at Super Bantamweight.
Sam Jones-managed Amateur sensation Cameron Vuong makes his highly-anticipated professional debut over four rounds at Super Featherweight. Vuong, who won the Senior Elite ABA’s earlier this year, is trained by the famous Birtley gym. 8-18 Engel Gomez will welcome Vuong to the paid ranks.
A sixth professional appearance awaits Leeds Bantamweight prospect Koby McNamara (5-0) with journeyman Francisco Rodriguez (1-17) hoping to extend McNamara the distance.
Wood vs Warrington Running Order
ALL TIMES ARE LOCAL
16:30 DOORS OPEN
16:55 LIVE ON BEFORE THE BELL
6 x 3 mins International Bantamweight contest
KOBY MCNAMARA 117.8 lbs v FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ 118.8 lbs
(Leeds, England) (Alfacar, Spain)
6 x 3 mins International Lightweight contest
CAMERON VUONG 137.4 lbs v ENGEL GOMEZ 138.1 lbs
(Bluth, England) (Chinandega, Nicaragua)
8 x 3 mins International Super-Bantamweight contest
NICO LEIVARS 123.5 lbs v RYAN WALKER 123.1 lbs
(Mansfield, England) (Newham, England)
19:00 LIVE ON DAZN
8 x 3 mins International Super-Welterweight contest
JUNAID BOSTAN 155.7 lbs v COREY MCCULLOCH 154.9 lbs
(Rotherham, England) (Arbroath, Scotland)
12 x 3 mins Final Eliminator For British Featherweight Title & WBA Continental Featherweight Title
HOPEY PRICE 125.3 lbs v CONNOR COGHILL 125.4 lbs
(Leeds, England) (Hull, England)
12 x 3 mins Final Eliminator for British Middleweight Title & WBA Intercontinental Middleweight Title
KIERON CONWAY 159.6 lbs v LINUS UDOFIA 159.4 lbs
(Northampton, England) (Luton, England)
10 x 2 mins WBA & WBO Super-Welterweight World Titles
TERRI HARPER 150.4 lbs v CECILIA BRAEKHUS 153.9 lbs
(Denaby Main, England) (Bergen, Norway)
12 x 3 mins WBA Featherweight World Title
LEIGH WOOD 125.7 lbs v JOSH WARRINGTON 125.3 lbs
(Nottingham, England) (Leeds, England)
Wood vs Warrington UK Start Time, TV Channel And Ring Walk Time
The preliminary action is scheduled to begin at 4:45 pm BST (11:45 am ET, 8:45 am PT) (subject to change) on the Matchroom Boxing and DAZN YouTube channels with the main card a little while later at 7 pm BST (2 pm ET, 11 am PT) live on DAZN worldwide.
Main Event Ring Walks will occur at approximately 10:00 pm BST (5:00 pm ET, 3:00 pm PT).
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