WBA Featherweight Champion Leigh Wood takes on Mauricio Lara in Nottingham

WBA Featherweight Champion Leigh Wood will fight again in Nottingham on September 24 when he defends his title against Mauricio Lara, but the fight will not take place at the City Ground.

Forest fan Wood (26-2, 16 KOs) has his sights set on fighting at his hometown club after causing a brutal round 12 stoppage against Michael Conlan in March.

Wood’s successful defense of his WBA belt took place to a packed Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham, and the venue will be the venue for his 29th pro fight.

Lara will be in England for the third time after being involved in two memorable bouts with Josh Warrington in 2021, stunning the Leeds boxer in the first at Wembley Arena before the second at Headingley Stadium in September ended due to an awkward technical tie cut over the left eye of the Mexican.

“I might have a handful of fights left and I want them to be my biggest,” revealed Wood, who turned 34 in early August.

“I want to be tested. I’m filling arenas now and I want to keep that momentum going. Every fight should be a step forward, not backward.

“Mauricio Lara is dangerous but high risk and high reward. I’m confident that I can do what Josh Warrington couldn’t do and get the job done.”

Leigh Wood will fight again in September (Zac Goodwin/PA)

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A fight between Wood and WBA champion Leo Santa Cruz was speculated after his win in March but never materialized, while Warrington, who appeared ready to fight his compatriot at the City Ground, lost his IBF belt later in the year will defend against a possible clash between the two in 2023.

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn said: “This is an incredible fight and Leigh Wood has massive cojones to get back on the plate in Nottingham.

“Last time out he gave us one of the most dramatic fights in many years and fans can expect all the drama again on September 24th.

“It’s a big map Terri Harper is stepping up the divisions trying to become a two division champion against Hannah Rankin and a brilliant Yorkshire derby for the IBO title between Maxi Hughes and Kid Galahad with a lot more to come must be announced. Expect another incredible atmosphere at Nottingham Arena.”



Mauricio Lara is dangerous but high risk and high reward. I’m confident that I can do what Josh Warrington couldn’t do and get the job done

Leigh Wood

Lara, known as Bronco, was last in action in March when he defeated Emilio Sanchez with a third-round knockout to earn his 24th win from 27 bouts.

He said: “I’m very excited. This is the opportunity I’ve worked so hard for and will not miss.

“I’m aware that Leigh Wood is a great fighter, but no one will take away my opportunity to become world champion. It’s my third time going to England and it’s like fighting at home.”

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