Leigh Wood loses WBA title to Mauricio Lara as trainer Ben Davison throws in towel after featherweight dropped by brutal left hook

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Leigh Wood loses WBA title to Mauricio Lara as trainer Ben Davison throws in towel after featherweight dropped by brutal left hook

Leigh Wood was stopped by Mexican knockout artist Mauricio Lara to lose his WBA featherweight title.

Preventing in his hometown, Wood was dropped by a brutal left hook in the seventh spherical on the Motorpoint Enviornment in Nottingham.

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Wood suffered defeat to Lara in their WBA title struggle

Wood was dropped by a brutal left hook in the seventh round

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Wood was dropped by a brutal left hook in the seventh spherical

His trainer Ben Davison threw in the towel – much to his dismay

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His trainer Ben Davison threw in the towel – a lot to his dismay

He bravely acquired again to his ft to struggle on, however his trainer Ben Davison instantly threw in the towel along with his man in no place to proceed – a lot to Wood’s disappointment.

Wood had been preventing with a lower by his left eye following an unintended conflict of heads in the primary spherical.

However he didn’t let the blood trickling down his face hassle him as he confirmed grit and coronary heart to drive his opponent again.

Going into the second half of the struggle, Wood regarded to be in management of the bout, solely to be floored by a counter hook to go away him sprawled throughout the canvas.

It’s the second time that Lara has dispatched a British boxer in devastating vogue after blasting away Josh Warrington in February 2021.

Talking on talkSPORT’s Combat Evening, Adam Catterall lauded the efficiency of Wood, however praised the punch that received it.

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Wood was cut by a clash of heads in the opening round

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Wood was cut by a clash of heads in the opening round

He said: “For seven rounds, Leigh Wood was dog walking Mauricio Lara around Nottingham.

“And then Mauricio Lara has just landed the shot of a lifetime on his chin to knock him out.

“When I say knocked him out, the referee was prepared to throw Leigh Wood back into the fight, but Ben Davison threw in the towel because it was absolutely evident Leigh Wood was in no fit state to carry on.

“A shot out of the blue, Leigh Wood was comfortable in the fight, and then that big, powerful left hook landed on his whiskers and Mauricio Lara is the new WBA featherweight champion.

Wood looked to be in control of the bout prior to the stoppage

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Wood regarded to be in management of the bout prior to the stoppage

“A heartbreaking night time for Leigh, an unbelievable struggle, an excellent manner that he was taking part in by means of these rounds up till that time, however you’ve acquired to take your hat off to Lara as a result of that’s some end.”

It’s Wood’s first loss since being stopped by Jazza Dickens in 2020, and with the boxer having a rematch clause, it stays to be seen whether or not he invokes it.

“Congratulations to Mauricio Lara, he’s nice fighter,” Wood informed DAZN. “I made a mistake and paid for it.”

Lara’s former foe Warrington revealed at ringside that his rival spat in the direction of him after his victory as he welcomed a trilogy bout after their rematch ended in a draw.

He mentioned on DAZN: “He regarded over to me and spat at me. It was only a bit pantomime.

“He needs to end my profession and I’m pleased to let him have the prospect.”