Mauricio Lara lost his 126-pound title but will still face Leigh Wood on Saturday in a rematch of February’s bout Lara won by KO. Wood would take the vacant belt with a win.
MAURICIO LARA (26-2-1, 19 BLACKBIRD)
vs. LEIGH WOOD (26-3, 16 BLACKBIRD)
- When: Saturday, May 27
- Time: 14:00 ET / 11:00 PT (main event later in the schedule)
- Where: AO Arena, Manchester, England
- Department: Featherweight (126 lb limit)
- Rate: Vacant WBA title (Wood only stake)
- Pound for pound rating: Nothing
- Chances: Lara 2½-1 favorite (multi-outlet average)
- Also on the card: Melvin Jerusalem vs. Oscar Collazo, strawweight (for Jerusalem’s WBO title); Oscar Duarte vs. D’Angelo Keyes, Lightweight; John Ramirez vs. Fernando Diaz, junior bantamweight
- Forecast: Number NO.5
- Background: Lara lost the WBA weight title while being 3.5 pounds overweight. A 25-year-old Mexican became a British killer. He knocked out Josh Warrington in 2021 in London to break into the boxing scene, after which the two fought to a technical draw when Lara suffered a bad cut. This led to Wood’s title match in February when Lara stopped Wood with a monstrous left hook in the seventh round of the fight, the loser was winning on the cards. Wood will get a second chance on Saturday. The 34-year-old from Nottingham delivered the performance of his career last March, forcing Michael Conlan to put on a spectacular performance. 12p– round knockout defending his belt. And he did well against Lara despite being cut in the first round. However, a left hook to Wood’s chin knocked him down and hurt him badly. He was able to stand on wobbly legs, but his trainer threw in the towel.