Leigh Wood puts his WBA featherweight title on the line on Saturday, October 7 when he takes on Josh Warrington at the Sheffield Arena.
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Leigh Wood v Josh Warrington Boxing Betting Tips & Predictions
This fight would have everyone salivating 18 months ago, but for some reason it doesn’t grab the attention it should do.
Josh Warrington was seen as the darling of British boxing and the working man’s champion, but two defeats from his last four fights with just one win has seen him fall out the spotlight.
Leigh Wood always seemed to be playing the bit part in this rivalry, but he is the main draw for this contest. It is last chance saloon for Warrington – if he loses this then I cannot see a way back for him.
I am a fan of both, but I think Wood edges this one for me. Wood always seemed to get the job done in the ring without being amazing, but his two fights against Mauricio Lara have changed people’s opinions.
He was beaten in their first contest when he was stopped in the seventh, but he showed a lot of heart in defeat. He got his revenge when he won back his WBA strap with a points decision win over Lara in the rematch. He showed he was the real deal in that fight.
Warrington has also fought Lara twice. In the first fight, he was blasted out in the ninth round and the second fight ended in a technical draw following an accidental clash of heads.
Those fights took a lot out of Warrington, and I am not sure he has been the same since, whereas Wood has kicked up another gear.
I hope both Wood and Warrington are on top of their game, because this will be a thrilling contest. In fact, this could be a war. I expect the fight to go the distance with neither man talking a backward step with Wood getting his arm raised at the end of 12 gruelling rounds.
- Leigh Wood to beat Josh Warrington
- Leigh Wood to win on points
- Will the fight go the distance? - Yes