Hometown hero Leigh Wood puts his WBA Featherweight World Title on the line against big-punching Mexican Mauricio Lara as Matchroom’s 2023 schedule in the UK begins with a bang.


"The WBA World Featherweight Title. The Super WBA World Featherweight Title. Leigh Wood against Mauricio Lara this Saturday live on DAZN around the world from the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham. What a fight we have here. Someone asked me earlier, what gives me a big fight feeling? Driving up the M1 excited, thinking about what might happen on Saturday night.

"Thinking about the atmosphere, thinking about the great nights we've experienced in this arena. Carl Froch beating Lucian Bute, Leigh Wood beating Michael Conlan. Honestly on Saturday night I think we're going to get the best we've ever seen in this city. This is a tremendous fight to bring to the UK and we're so proud of Leigh Wood the champion for accepting this challenge as the champion. The first time you've seen an underdog in his home city take a voluntary defence. Him and his trainer Ben Davison they see something, they see an opportunity to become the daddy of the division on Saturday night. For me this is to determine the number one fighter in the 126lbs division. There's going to be drama, there's going to be excitement and there's going to be plenty of violence. We cannot wait."