Leigh Wood won back his WBA World Featherweight Title on May 27th as he beat Mauricio Lara in their highly anticipated rematch. Here at SportsLens we have decided to take a deep dive into Leigh Wood’s boxing career. Here is everything you need to know the boxing record, world title fight record and how many knockouts ‘Leigh-Thal’ has on his resumé.
Leigh Wood Boxing Record
The WBA World Featherweight Title was on the line on May 27th as Leigh Wood successfully regained his belt as he defeated Mauricio Lara by unanimous decision in an immediate rematch in Manchester.
Wood went straight into the rematch having lost via seventh round knockout first time around. However, Wood upset the apple cart in the rematch and successfully won back his WBA World Featherweight Title at the first time of asking.
Up to now in his professional career, ‘Leigh-Thal’ has barely put a foot wrong. In his 30 professional fights, the Englishman has had his hand raised all but three times.
Of those 27 victories, the Nottingham man has finished 16 of his opponents inside the scheduled distance. Wood made his professional debut back in October 2011, winning his first 11 fights as a pro. He then suffered the first defeat of his career to Gavin McDonnell in February 2014, but has bounced back since in a big way.
Since that first loss to McDonnell, Leigh Wood has beaten fighters such as Ryan Doyle and David Oliver Joyce, before suffering the second defeat of his career to Jazza Dickens. The Dickens defeat came in the final of the Golden Contract tournament, but since then Wood has had a meteoric rise.
Not to mention the fact that the 34-year-old has won various titles throughout his career too. Wood’s first title capture was the Midlands Area Featherweight Title. He then added Commonwealth, WBO European and British Featherweight Title’s to his mantlepiece before getting a shot at world honours.
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Wood became world champion at the first time of asking as he put on a boxing clinic to defeat Can Xu back in July 2021. Wood was boxing superbly and winning the fight convincingly, but he erased any doubt by stopping the champion in the 12th and final round of their contest. Leigh Wood was crowned the WBA World Featherweight Champion.
Wood then defended his world title in his home city of Nottingham in the most emphatic of fashions. Having hit the deck himself in the first round, Wood fought back and brutally knocked Michael Conlan out cold and out of the ropes to come from behind and win once again via stoppage in the final round.
His third career defeat of course came in the first Mauricio Lara bout. Wood was ahead on the scorecards by quite a handy margin before being halted in the seventh round by a devastating ‘Bronco’ left hook.
However, Wood became a two-time world champion in the rematch by putting on a boxing clinic and defeating Mauricio Lara with relative ease on May 27th. Wood looked sensational, winning a wide unanimous decision in the process of winning back the WBA World Featherweight Title.
Expect unifications before the end of the year now that Wood is once against a world champion. Clashes with other champions such as Rey Vargas, Robeisy Ramirez or Luis Alberto Lopez could potentially be next for ‘Leigh-Thal’. Perhaps an all-British fight with Josh Warrington is another fight that could be next for Leigh Wood.
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