Leigh Wood

Leigh Wood

Personal Information

Full Name Leigh Wood
Date of Birth August 1, 1988
Age 35
Nationality British
Birth Place Gedling, Nottinghamshire, England
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Nickname Leigh-thal
Weight Class Featherweight, super-bantamweight

Leigh Wood: A Brief Biography

Leigh Wood is a two-time and current WBA(Regular) featherweight titleholder and a former WBO European featherweight champion. Starting his professional career in 2011, Leigh Wood has had 30 fights and has a record of 27 wins and 3 losses.


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Latest News Update for Leigh Wood


Leigh Wood is set to defend the WBA featherweight championship in his next fight against Josh Warrington on October 7, 2023. The venue for the event is Utilita Arena in Sheffield, England. The main event ring walkouts are scheduled for around 5 pm ET, and the whole event can be streamed online on DAZN.


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Leigh Wood Facts


Birth PlaceGedling, Nottinghamshire, England
Star SignLeo
Net Worth (2023)$5 million
Last Fight Earnings$1.2 million
Age35
Boxing Debut2011
Boxing Record27-3-0
AchievementsCurrent WBA featherweight champion, former British, WBO, Commonwealth, Midlands, British Masters featherweight champion, and former International Masters super bantamweight champion
Children2
Social MediaInstagram, Twitter




Early Life and Career


Leigh Wood was born on August 1, 1988, in Nottinghamshire, England. The 35-year-old boxer made his professional debut against Chuck Jones on October 28, 2011, and won the bout via PTS in his hometown. For his second and third fights, Wood faced Ryan McNicol and Pavels Senkov on November 12, 2011, and February 18, 2012, respectively. He won both the fights via PTS.


Wood had his first referee technical decision win on September 29, 2012, against Chuck Jones. It was his fourth professional bout that ended at 3:00 in the first round of a four-round bout at Magna Centre, Rotherham in England.


For his fifth bout, Leigh Wood had a PTS win over Dai Davies on November 17, 2012. The four-round bout took place at Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, England. On December 8, 2012, Wood TKO’d Tibor Meszaros at 1:59 in the first round of a six-round bout.


In 2013, Wood has had a total number of 5 boxing matchups. He first faced Kristian Laight on February 2, 2013, and won the bout via PTS in a four-round matchup. Secondly, Wood again had a PTS win over Sid Razak in a six-round bout.



Leigh Wood Championship Bouts


On June 22, 2013, Leigh Wood competed against Ian Bailey for the vacant British Masters featherweight championship. He won the bout via TKO at 1:43 in the second round of a ten-round matchup at Clifton Leisure Centre, Nottingham, England. It was his first-ever ten-round bout.


Secondly, Leigh Wood won the International Masters super-bantamweight title by defeating Genilson de Jesus Santos. Wood had an RTD win over Santos via RTD at 3:00 in the third round. The fight took place on November 1, 2013, at the same Clifton Leisure Centre, Nottingham, England.


However, Leigh Wood had his first professional loss by competing against Gavin McDonnell for the vacant British super-bantamweight title. Even after taking control of the fight against McDonnell in the first five rounds, Wood got tired in the sixth round. Two minutes into the sixth round, Wood was unable to defend himself and got TKO’d.

Moving on, Wood bounced back from losing to McDonnell with a third-round TKO of Martin Mubiru in his next fight. With a five-fight win streak, Leigh Wood competed against Lee Glover for the vacant Midlands Area featherweight title. He won the fight via TKO at 1:06 in the second round on March 26, 2016, at Sheffield Arena in England.


On March 2, 2019, Wood won the vacant Commonwealth featherweight title by defeating Abraham Osei Bonsu via knockout at 2:43 in the second round of a twelve-round bout. The fight took place when Wood was on a professional record of 20 wins and 1 loss. He had defended the title once against Ryan Doyle on May 10, 2019, via a tenth-round knockout win.


Leigh Wood TKO’d David Oliver Joyce on October 4, 2019, and won the WBO European featherweight title. The bout lasted for nine rounds at York Hall in London, England. However, Wood’s second professional loss came from defending the WBO European featherweight title against Jazza Dickens. On February 21, 2020, Wood lost to Dickens via a majority decision.


Furthermore, Wood won the vacant British featherweight title by defeating Reece Mould via a ninth-round TKO. The fight took place on February 13, 2021, at The SSE Arena in London, England.


Leigh Wood won the WBA(Regular) featherweight title on July 31, 2021 from Xu Can. Wood had a technical knockout win over Can in the twelfth round at Matchroom Headquarters in Brentwood, England. He had his first title defense against Michael Conlan on March 12, 2022. Wood TKO’d Conlan at 1:25 in the twelfth round at Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham, England, and retained his WBA featherweight title.


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Nevertheless, on February 18, 2023, Leigh Wood was TKO’d by Mauricio Laura. Wood lost his WBA featherweight title to Laura in the seventh round at Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, England. Their rematch took place on May 27, 2023, at Manchester Arena in Machester, England, where Wood had a unanimous decision win over Laura and won back the WBA featherweight championship.


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Leigh Wood Boxing Record


No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
30Win27–3Mauricio LaraUD12May 27, 2023Manchester Arena, Manchester, EnglandWon vacant WBA featherweight title
29Loss26–3Mauricio LaraTKO7 (12), 2:54February 18, 2023Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, EnglandLost WBA featherweight title
28Win26–2Michael ConlanTKO12 (12), 1:25March 12, 2022Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, EnglandRetained WBA (Regular) featherweight title
27Win25–2Xu CanTKO12 (12), 2:43July 31, 2021Matchroom Headquarters, Brentwood, EnglandWon WBA (Regular) featherweight title
26Win24–2Reece MouldTKO9 (12), 1:03February 13, 2021The SSE Arena, London, EnglandWon vacant British featherweight title
25Loss23–2Jazza DickensMD10February 21, 2020York Hall, London, EnglandLost WBO European featherweight title; The Golden Contract: Featherweight – Semi-final
24Win23–1David Oliver JoyceTKO9 (10), 2:23October 4, 2019York Hall, London, EnglandWon WBO European featherweight title; The Golden Contract: Featherweight – Quarter-final
23Win22–1Ryan DoyleKO10 (12), 1:34May 10, 2019Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, EnglandRetained Commonwealth featherweight title
22Win21–1Abraham Osei BonsuKO2 (12), 2:43March 2, 2019East of England Arena, Peterborough, EnglandWon vacant Commonwealth featherweight title
21Win20–1Rafael CastilloTKO3 (6), 1:31March 3, 2018Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, England
20Win19–1Reynaldo MoraPTS6November 25, 2017Harvey Hadden Sports Village, Nottingham, England
19Win18–1Simas VolosinasPTS4June 24, 2017Bingham Leisure Centre, Nottingham, England
18Win17–1Lee GloverTKO2 (10), 1:06March 26, 2016Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, EnglandWon vacant Midlands Area featherweight title
17Win16–1Josh WalePTS10October 24, 2015Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, England
16Win15–1Isaac OwusuKO4 (6), 0:35July 25, 2015Derby Arena, Derby, England
15Win14–1Laszio FeketeTKO1 (4), 3:00March 28, 2015Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, England
14Win13–1Janis PuksinsTKO2 (6), 1:29March 7, 2015Mares Leisure Centre, Nottingham, England
13Win12–1Martin MubiruTKO3 (8), 1:06May 16, 2014Rushcliffe Arena, Nottingham, England
12Loss11–1Gavin McDonnellTKO6 (12), 2:03February 22, 2014Ice Arena, Hull, EnglandFor vacant British super-bantamweight title
11Win11–0Simas VolosinasPTS4December 13, 2013Ice Sheffield, Sheffield, England
10Win10–0Genilson de Jesus SantosRTD3 (10), 3:00November 1, 2013Clifton Leisure Centre, Nottingham, EnglandWon vacant International Masters super-bantamweight title
9Win9–0Ian BaileyTKO2 (10), 1:43June 22, 2013Clifton Leisure Centre, Nottingham, EnglandWon vacant British Masters featherweight title
8Win8–0Sid RazakPTS6April 13, 2013Ponds Forge, Sheffield, England
7Win7–0Kristian LaightPTS4February 2, 2013East of England Arena, Peterborough, England
6Win6–0Tibor MeszarosTKO1 (6), 1:59December 8, 2012KC Sports Arena, Hull, England
5Win5–0Dai DaviesPTS4November 17, 2012Capital FM Arena, Nottingham, England
4Win4–0Chuck JonesRTD1 (4), 3:00September 28, 2012Magna Centre, Rotherham, England
3Win3–0Pavels SenkovsPTS4February 18, 2012Magna Centre, Rotherham, England
2Win2–0Ryan McNicolPTS412 Nov 2011Event City, Manchester, England
1Win1–0Chuck JonesPTS628 Oct 2011Clifton Leisure Centre, Nottingham, England




Personal Life


Leigh Wood is a single parent to his daughter and son. Even though Wood keeps his private life away from the public, the champion is fond of posting pictures with his two children on his social media handles. Apart from his children, there is not much information available regarding his marriage or dating life.



When it comes to finance, the champion is estimated to have a net worth of $5 million in 2023, which mainly comes from his professional boxing match-ups, sponsorship, and other endorsements.






*Last updated on October 2, 2023.

FAQs

A. Leigh Wood has only lost to Gavin McDonnell, Jazza Dickens, and Mauricio Lara in his professional boxing career. 


A. Leigh Wood has had 30 fights in his career. 


A. On February 18, 2023, Leigh Wood was TKO’d by Mauricio Laura. Wood lost his WBA featherweight title to Laura in the seventh round at Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, England. Their rematch took place on May 27, 2023, at Manchester Arena in Machester, England, where Wood had a unanimous decision win over Laura and won back the WBA featherweight championship.


A. Leigh Wood is an orthodox boxer. 


A. Leigh Wood is set to defend the WBA featherweight championship in his next fight against Josh Warrington on October 7, 2023. The venue for the event is Utilita Arena in Sheffield, England. The main event ring walkouts are scheduled for around 5 pm ET, and the whole event can be streamed online on DAZN. 


A. Leigh Wood has a record of 27 wins and 3 losses. 


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