How to watch Leigh Wood vs Mauricio Lara
BBN have provided viewers with all the details below to tune in and watch ‘Leigh-thal’ Leigh Wood (26-2, 16KO) make the second defence of his world title to Mauricio ‘Bronco’ Lara (26-2-1, 18KO) on the 49th day of the year.
Full fight details below:
Date: The fight takes place on Saturday, February 18, 2023
Time: 7pm GMT
Venue: It takes place at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham
Ringwalks: The ring walks are expected from around 10pm UK time, but that will depend on the undercard results
Rounds scheduled: 12 three-minute championship rounds at featherweight (126lbs)
Titles: Wood's WBA world featherweight belt is on the line
TV & Live Stream
You can watch the main card via the DAZN App from 8pm, which can be streamed via phone, tablet, PlayStation, XBox, or smart TV.
BBN will be providing LIVE round-by-round results on fight night HERE
Price: DAZN subscription costs £7.99 per month.
Tickets: Tickets for Wood vs. Lara are priced at £40, £60, £80, £100, £150 and £300 (VIP)
Matchroom Fight Pass members will be able to purchase tickets from midday on Wednesday January 11. Priority ticket info will be emailed directly to eligible members ahead of the on-sale time.
General Sale tickets can be purchased via Stage Front and Motorpoint Arena Nottingham from midday on Thursday January 12.
Rising star Dalton Smith (13-0, 10KO) will make the second defence of his British Super-Lightweight Title against former English champion Billy Allington (10-1-4).
The Sheffield stylist recently put pen to paper on a new multi-fight promotional deal with Eddie Hearn following a stellar 2022 that saw the 25-year-old remain undefeated, and ‘Thunder’ is set to kick off an even busier year against Surrey’s former English Champion Allington as he looks to win the prestigious British Title outright before moving onto the European scene.
‘Leigh-thal’ memorably stopped Michael Conlan in the 12th and final round of his epic first defence of the WBA 126lbs title back in March 2022, knocking the Irishman out of the ring in brutal fashion to end their Fight of the Year stunner.
The Forest-mad Featherweight was heavily dropped in the opening round and looked to be heading towards his third loss in the pros before brilliantly fighting back to earn a stunning knockout win that will be talked about for many years to come.
Wood is now recognised as the World Boxing Associations only Champion at Featherweight after former ‘Super Champion’ Leo Santa Cruz relinquished his title on Monday December 12, and the 34-year-old wants to waste no time in adding more World Titles to his collection in 2023.
‘Bronco’ has been waiting patiently for his shot at Wood after their eagerly anticipated September 24 fight was postponed following a torn bicep suffered by Wood in sparring, but the Featherweight KO artist finally gets his dream World Title opportunity next month.
Lara is well-known on UK shores after he floored and ruthlessly finished Josh Warrington in a sensational upset behind closed doors at The SSE Arena, Wembley in February 2021, ending the IBF Featherweight World Champion’s unbeaten record.
He rematched Warrington in front of a sold-out Headingley Stadium in Leeds seven months later, but a nasty cut over the left eye of the Mexican in round two caused by an accidental clash of heads resulted in the contest ending in a technical draw.
The power-punching 24-year-old blitzed Emilio Sanchez in three rounds in March 2022 on the undercard of Roman Gonzalez vs. Julio Cesar Martinez before stopping Jose Sanmartin in three in another destructive show of brute force to put the 126lbs division on notice.
What's been said?
Leigh Wood: “Mauricio Lara has made things personal between us with the disrespect he showed me regarding my injury and my country. I’m going to show him what I’m all about. See you on February 18 Nottingham – And Still!”
Mauricio Lara: “I have been waiting for this opportunity for 2 years and I am not going to waste it. In February 2021 I beat Warrington in England, now in 2023 I will do the same with Wood. The WBA 126lbs World Title goes to Mexico, that I promised to my daughter, my family, my team and to my whole country. Your time has come Leigh Wood, no “injury” can save you now from this.”
Eddie Hearn: “Quite simply this is a fight that you have to watch through your fingers. After the drama of the Conlan fight last March, Leigh Wood is about to bring another night of drama to the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham against the brutal, fearless and much avoided Mauricio Lara. This fight leads Leigh to the City Ground in the summer but first get ready for an epic main event and all action card as we gear up for another FOTY contender in Nottingham on February 18.”
Predictions: Tim Rickson, BBN Editor: “I mean, this has just got 'War' written all over it!. Lara is the division's dangerman, but I'm backing Wood to thrive in front of his home crowd and pull off another incredible victory to hopefully set up the Josh Warrington fight. If I had to put money on it, I think Wood wins by knockout.”
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