By Jack Tiernan: #1 rated Michael Conlan will be touring to Nottingham to acquire on WBA ‘regular’ featherweight champion Leigh Wood on March 12th. There would be as quite a few as 10,000 fans at the Nottingham Arena for the Wooden vs. Conlan struggle on the night.
Conlan is optimistic about his probabilities for victory inspite of going into the lion’s den to problem Wooden in front of his fans and probably needing a knockout to gain.
The unbeaten 2016 Olympian Conlan (16-, 8 KOs) is getting a enormous threat in preventing Nottingham’s Leigh Wood (25-2, 15 KOs) in his own backyard. Nonetheless, he was not fascinated in coming to Belfast, Eire, to protect his WBA secondary strap in entrance of Michael’s Irish boxing supporters for obvious reasons.
Conlan displays braveness battling Wooden in Nottingham
It’s a questionable transfer on the 30-12 months-outdated Conlan’s component to face Wooden in his house territory because it could demonstrate hard to acquire a conclusion in that natural environment, specifically if he’s authorized to tough him up devoid of becoming penalized or disqualified.
It will be tricky for Conlan to conquer the 33-yr-outdated Wood in Nottingham. He’ll possible be applying his tried and accurate straight-arm practices all evening extensive as he did in his modern 12th round knockout victory around Can Xu on July 31st.
The 5’8″ Conlan will take pleasure in a two-inch achieve and a one-inch peak gain more than the 5’7″ Wood in this combat, so if Leigh chooses to hold his still left arm out in front of him to continue to keep Michael from receiving shut, it won’t be as successful for the Nottingham fighter as it was for him from Xu final July.
Wood utilized the straight-arm tactic to perfection, keeping his remaining arm extended far out in front of him like a large broom, maintaining his shorter opponent Xu from receiving close adequate to use his higher-quantity assault to overwhelm him with punches. It was textbook with the way Wood employed his straight-arm to retain Xu from getting close to more than enough to punch him.
In fact, the referee performing the fight, Marcus McDonnell, need to have resolved Leigh Wood’s use of his illegal straight-arms in the 1st spherical, but it hardly ever transpired and proved to be the distinction in the battle.
Without Can Xu acquiring near to Wood thanks to his straight arms, it was a one-sided affair. It was an odd battle, while, because it was so evident that Wooden really should have been warned, penalized, or disqualified for his straight arms, but it did not come about, and inadequate Xu hardly ever stood a probability.
Wood didn’t want to battle in Belfast
“We’re likely into the lion’s den: March 12 at the Nottingham Arena,” claimed Conlan to Irishnews about him preventing Leigh Wooden in his backyard.
“Wood didn’t fancy Belfast and Ben Davison (his coach) did not fancy Belfast, so we’ll deliver Belfast to them. I’m happily going to their town, and I’ll be ripping the belt off them.”
“I’d be a idiot if I apprehensive about that,” Conlan stated about combating Wooden in Nottingham.
“It doesn’t bother me in which it is since I’m going to earn I know the conclusion in the ring will be the exact – I’ll be strolling out victorious with my hand elevated,” claimed an exuberant Conlan.
“I’ll punch the head off him for 12 rounds if desires be – which is just the way the cookie’s heading to crumble. I’m joyful, and I’m completely ready to rock,” stated Conlan. “I’ll almost certainly have a lot more men and women in the arena than Leigh Wooden.
With any luck ,, Conlan is aware of what he’s having himself into by preventing Wood in Nottingham mainly because he could be sorry later if he’s on the receiving conclude up a questionable defeat.
Wooden hits pretty really hard, so if he wins the struggle, it’ll probable be by a knockout, notably if the referee permits him to use his straight-arming the overall contest as he did towards Xu.
The WBA must STRIP Leo Santa Cruz of 126-lb title
On a facet take note, it’s unfamiliar why the Globe Boxing Affiliation has not presently stripped WBA ‘Super World’ featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz of his title and put in Leigh Wooden as the champion.
Santa Cruz hasn’t defended his WBA 126-lb title in two and a 50 percent a long time due to the fact his 12 spherical unanimous determination victory above Rafael Rivera in February 2019.
Leo has basically parked his WBA title for the past 2 1/2 yrs, not allowing for contenders to combat for the belt. The WBA need to have now installed Wooden as the rightful champion with Santa Cruz no for a longer period defending the belt.