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Leigh Wood has reportedly vacated his WBA featherweight title following his recent defence against Josh Warrington earlier this month, according to boxing writer Dan Rafael.
The 35-year-old is now expected to make the move to super-featherweight in his next fight after he was initially crowned champion in July 2021.
Wood looked to have confirmed reports, opting to share Rafael’s post reporting that a move to 130lbs is on the cards after spending his career at featherweight.
Questions regarding the Nottingham man’s ability to meet the 126lb limit grew following his performance against Warrington in Sheffield on October 7th.
Wood was largely dominated throughout seven rounds at the Utilita Arena before producing a stunning comeback, halting his fellow Brit in the final seconds of the seventh in emphatic fashion.
Warrington has since criticised referee Michael Alexander‘s decision to stop the fight on the night and states he wants a second run at Wood after missing out on the opportunity to become a three-time featherweight world champion.
Today’s news offers little surprise as Wood looks to tie down a shot at the various champions up at super-featherweight.
He shares a promoter with current IBF champion Joe Cordina who looks to defend against Edward Vasquez in Monaco next month, while WBC champion O’Shaquie Foster also headlines a Matchroom Boxing show versus Eduardo Hernandez in Mexico at the end of this month.
Wood’s trainer Ben Davison also recently told Boxing News that they hope to secure a fight against WBO champion Emanuel Navarrete, who is promoted by Top Rank.