Final Result: Leigh Wood won by TKO in the seventh round over Josh Warrington
It’s an All-England battle for the WBA featherweight championship tonight when defending champion Leigh Wood (27-3, 16 KOs) takes on fellow countryman and former two-time IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington (31-2-1, 18 KOs) from the Utilita Arena in Sheffield, England.
DAZN will handle the broadcast and streaming with the main event expected to start around 5 p.m. ET.
Wood, from Nottinghamshire, is on his second run with the WBA title. He won it from Xu Can by 12th-round TKO on July 31, 2021 and followed that up with a successful title defense against popular Irish boxer Michael Conlan. Wood, however, was a victim of a seventh-round TKO by Mauricio Lara in his second title defense. The rematch with Lara was ordered and Wood won by unanimous decision on May 27, 2023.
Warrington, from Leeds, England, is a former two-time IBF featherweight champion. He won the title the first time by split decision over Lee Selby on May 19, 2018. Warrington went on to successfully defend the title three times before getting stopped by Mauricio Lara by a ninth-round TKO. He would eventually regain the title on March 26, 2022 from Kiko Martinez, but lost it in his first defense against Luis Alberto Lopez on December 10, 2022. Warrington won his first 30 fights, but is 1-2-1 over his past four.
Wood comes into the bout as the favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. He is a -225 favorite while Warrington is a +175 underdog.
Leigh Wood vs. Josh Warrington round-by-round results
Round 1: Warrington 10-9
Fast start as Warrington cranks a right hook that lands. Nice body shot for Warrington and a left hand from Warrington. Wood must improve his defense. A lot of hugging as the round progresses. Warrington got whatever he wanted in the first half of round 1.
Round 2: Wood 10-9 (19-19)
Nice slugfest developing, but Wood seems to be settling in more this round. Solid left hand from Wood, now adding jabs. Warrington grabbing excessively and gets a warning from the ref prior to the end of round 2. Wood with better rhythm this time around.
Round 3: Warrington 10-9 (Warrington 29-28)
Warrington unloading early in this round and Wood taking big right hooks. Two back-to-back for Warrington and Wood clenches up. A lot of energy be exerted here from Warrington and he’s firing off big punches. Wood still not showing signs of being hurt. Warrington with yet another sweeping hook, he’s taken back the momentum as Wood’s right eye begins to swell.
Round 4: Warrington 10-9 (Warrington 39-37)
Wood reverts back to orthodox to start the round. Warrington avoiding Wood’s punches and continuing to punch back. Two straight left hooks land for Warrington. Left jab followed by right hand hits Wood. Warrington one step ahead and blood now emerging from Wood’s right eye.
Round 5: Warrington 10-9 (Warrington 49-46)
Wood now cutting off the ring and stepping up toward Warrington. One-two stuns Wood and he stumbles near center ring. Left hook from Warrington and Wood hurt again. Wood is on thin ice and could go down in round 5 at this rate. All Warrington so far.
Round 6: Warrington 10-9 (Warrington 59-55)
Warrington can sense it a bit, comes out throwing some haymakers. Lazy jab falls short for Wood. He’s making himself a target with lackluster defense. Warrington continues to land timely punches and Wood seems defeated.
Round 7: Wood TKO
Warrington gets a point taken away due to several punches to the back of the head. Wood inching closer to form. Warrington gets dropped by a big TIME combination from Wood. What a big turnaround! Warrington does not make the count and he’s done. This fight is OVER what a comeback KO from Leigh Wood!