Leigh Wood has spoken out for the first time since his seventh-round defeat to Mauricio Lara in Nottingham last night.

The 34-year-old vowed to return soon, suggesting he plans to activate a rematch clause granting him a contractual right for a second fight against the Mexican.

“Would like to thank everybody that turned out for me last night”, read Wood’s post on social media.

“Wasn’t my night but as always I’ll be back better than ever. Congratulations to Lara enjoy your victory & hopefully I’ll see you again soon.”

Wood also responded to criticism of his trainer Ben Davison‘s decision to throw in the towel with only ten seconds remaining in the round after Wood was floored by a devastating Lara left hook.

“Also I stand by my coaches decision I know he cares about me. Boxers sometimes have to be saved by themselves, I have more big nights ahead.

“It was painful at the time but with my kids today, smile on my face knowing I’ll be back better than before like always.”

Wood was up on all three judge’s scorecards at the time of the stoppage.

Davison has been criticised for his decision to throw the towel in. Photo courtesy of Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing.

Featured image: Courtesy of Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing.

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