Leigh Wood and Josh Warrington will meet in their highly-anticipated domestic matchup this weekend.
Wood will put his WBA featherweight title on the line having reclaimed it in his win over Mauricio Lara in May.
‘Leigh-thal’ originally dropped the belt to the Mexican in February but is now on a career-high ahead of his third outing in 2023.
Warrington has competed just once in ten months having surrendered his IBF title to Luis Alberto Lopez in December.
The Leeds Warrior’s last win came over veteran Kiko Martinez in March 2022 but a potential showdown with super-featherweight Joe Cordina is on the cards for the winner.
Wood vs Warrington: Date and how to follow
This 12-round featherweight title clash will take place on Saturday, October 7.
The fight will be held at the Utilita Arena in Sheffield, with the undercard getting underway at 7pm before the Wood vs Warrington ringwalks at around 10pm.
It will be shown live on DAZN with coverage beginning at 7pm.
Fans can sign up to DAZN for only £9.99 per month to watch the bout live at DAZN.com or via the DAZN app. More details here.
Alternatively, DAZN subscribers that have a HD-enabled Sky box can register to watch the fight on DAZN 1 HD on channel 429 on Sky here.
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Wood vs Warrington: Undercard
Subject to change
- MAIN EVENT: Leigh Wood vs Josh Warrington – for WBA featherweight title
- Terri Harper vs Cecilia Braekhus – for WBA and WBO super-welterweight title
- Kieron Conway vs Linus Udofia
- Hopey Price vs Connor Coghill
- Junaid Bostan vs Corey McCulloch
- Nico Leivars vs Ryan Walker
- Cameron Vuong vs Engel Gomez
- Koby McNamara vs Francisco Rodriguez
Wood vs Warrington: What has been said?
Eddie Hearn, who promotes both boxers, has hit back at claims that Warrington is past his best.
He said: “I couldn’t disagree more about Josh Warrington being on the slide. He had a nightmare three or four rounds against Lopez, got hit by some massive shots, and I thought he did really well to get back in the fight. It’s a horrible, awkward, big punching style.
“Kiko Martinez, he busted his jaw and took some big shots in that fight, came through and stopped him. Lara was Lara. But I don’t see it. I think he looks fresh, I think he’s speaking really well, I think he’s motivated, I think it’s a 50/50 fight. A lot of people feel Josh is a favorite in this fight, because of the résumé and because of the style.
“The problem is with fight fans is that they’re so opinionated. But that’s a great thing as well because they’re so passionate.
“Last week, it was that Errol Spence is actually shot and shouldn’t have been at 147 [pounds], rather than that Terence Crawford was unbelievable.
“This will be ‘great fight but Josh Warrington is coming off two defeats in four’. One was a tight decision against arguably the number one in the division and the other was Mauricio Lara. We all know what happened there.
“We’re very critical as fight fans, whereas we should just say it’s arguably the number one featherweight in the world Leigh Wood against one of the great featherweights of the last five years.
“Love it or hate it, number one in the featherweight rankings for years was Josh Warrington. Sometimes, because he’s got a massive fanbase, fans talk about that rather than his résumé and the performances he’s given.”
And Warrington can’t wait get back in the ring.
He said: “I feel great. I feel mentally at my peak.
“Physically, I know that I now need to have one or two more days off than I used to have, because I understand the importance of rest now.
“I used to be able to train twenty times a week, but my dad said that I need to slow down. That’s one of the things that you learn from experience.”
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