The WBA have now officially confirmed that they have ordered a fight between WBA Super featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz and Nottingham’s Leigh Wood next.

Wood was initially slated to face Mauricio Lara in his home city on 24th September before injury forced him to pull out of the fight, while Santa Cruz looked set to unify against WBC champion Rey Vargas respectively.

However, the WBA have now stated that Santa Cruz, who hasn’t made a defence of his title since 2019, must take on ‘regular’ champion Wood next in a fight that would make great strides towards clarifying the belt situation at 126lbs within the respective governing body.

Sympathies lie with Mexico’s Lara who has drawn the short straw again as he continues his search for another big fight following his destruction of Leeds’ Josh Warrington in February 2021. The pair briefly shared a ring for a second time seven months later in a fight that was building nicely before an accidental head clash caused a gash to open over the Mexican’s left eye in the second round. The ringside doctor advised that the fight be stopped and because four rounds had not been completed, a technical draw was announced.

Lara has fought once since when he stopped Emilio Sanchez inside three rounds in San Diego six months ago.

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