The upcoming purse bid for Leo Santa Cruz versus Leigh Wood, which was set to go ahead on Friday 12th August, has been cancelled after the WBA were informed that both teams have reached an agreement for the fight to go ahead.
On their official website, the WBA stated “The teams of Leo Santa Cruz and Leigh Wood informed the World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee that they have reached an agreement to fight for the featherweight world title and the auction, which was scheduled for this Friday, August 12, has been suspended“.
Both parties must now return written contracts within fifteen days of today’s date, detailing exact details regarding a fight date, location and venue for the bout to take place. The WBA states that the bout is ‘tentatively scheduled for either November 5th or 12th‘ but details will only be finalised once the contracts have been sent.
The WBA has been the subject of strong criticism in recent years for the ridiculous amount of belts handed down across all divisions, critique they have acknowledged directly in this case by expressing a wish to ‘reduce the number of world titles of the pioneer organization and that will leave the 126 lbs. division with only one champion‘. Wood currently holds the ‘regular’ title at featherweight while Santa Cruz somehow managed to keep hold of his ‘super’ strap at 126-pounds, despite his last defence of the strap dating back to February 2019 versus Rafael Rivera.
The domestic featherweight division is currently on fire, with Leeds’ Josh Warrington holding the IBF version of the world championship, as well as Michael Conlan who is gearing towards a second run-in with Wood following their exhilarating fight of the year contender back in March. Peterborough’s Jordan Gill also holds the European title after his incredible comeback victory over Karim Guerfi five months ago.