A huge domestic clash has been scheduled for later this year when Leigh Wood defends his WBA world featherweight title against Josh Warrington. 

Both men are rarely not involved in an entertaining contest, and October 7 should be no different with an electric atmosphere set to be the backdrop.

Will Wood get the victory and finally secure his dream fight night at the City Ground? Or will Warrington become a three-time world champion? 

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Wood vs. Warrington.

Leigh Wood vs Josh Warrington

When is Leigh Wood vs Josh Warrington?
  • Date: Saturday, October 7 
  • Time: 7 p.m. UK / 2 p.m. ET 
  • Main event ringwalks (approx): 10 p.m. UK / 5 p.m. ET

The event is set to get underway at 7 p.m. UK / 2 p.m. ET with the main event ringwalks scheduled for 10 p.m. UK / 5 p.m. ET. These timings could change due to the length of the undercard fights. 

What has been said?

Eddie Hearn, who promotes both boxers, has hit back at claims that Warrington is past his best.

He said: “I couldn't disagree more about Josh Warrington being on the slide. He had a nightmare three or four rounds against Lopez, got hit by some massive shots, and I thought he did really well to get back in the fight. It's a horrible, awkward, big punching style.

"Kiko Martinez, he busted his jaw and took some big shots in that fight, came through and stopped him. Lara was Lara. But I don't see it. I think he looks fresh, I think he's speaking really well, I think he's motivated, I think it's a 50/50 fight. A lot of people feel Josh is a favorite in this fight, because of the résumé and because of the style.

"The problem is with fight fans is that they're so opinionated. But that's a great thing as well because they're so passionate.

"Last week, it was that Errol Spence is actually shot and shouldn't have been at 147 [pounds], rather than that Terence Crawford was unbelievable.

"This will be 'great fight but Josh Warrington is coming off two defeats in four'. One was a tight decision against arguably the number one in the division and the other was Mauricio Lara. We all know what happened there.

"We're very critical as fight fans, whereas we should just say it's arguably the number one featherweight in the world Leigh Wood against one of the great featherweights of the last five years.

"Love it or hate it, number one in the featherweight rankings for years was Josh Warrington. Sometimes, because he's got a massive fanbase, fans talk about that rather than his résumé and the performances he's given.”

And Warrington can't wait to get back in the ring.

Speaking after this bout was confirmed, he said: “I feel great. I feel mentally at my peak.

"Physically, I know that I now need to have one or two more days off than I used to have, because I understand the importance of rest now.

"I used to be able to train twenty times a week, but my dad said that I need to slow down. That’s one of the things that you learn from experience."


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