Leigh Wood To Activate Rematch Clause Against Mauricio Lara
Newly crowned champion Mauricio Lara (26-2-1, 19KO) captured the WBA featherweight title after knocking out Leigh Wood (26-3, 16KO) in the seventh round. However, Wood plans on activating his rematch clause.
The build-up to this fight had fans excited in anticipation of seeing these two go at it. Both men traded verbal shots as things got personal. Furthermore, Lara predicted the fight wouldn’t go to the scorecards, and he was right.
Wood was in control of the fight before making one crucial mistake – allowing Lara to land a perfect left hook that dropped the British champion instantly. Wood got up but was on unstable legs, causing the corner to throw in the towel.
A REMATCH COULD BE NEXT
During the post-fight interview, Lara called for a trilogy with Josh Warrington and wants to fight in a unification. Well, not so fast! When asked if he wanted to run it back, Wood uttered one word.
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn revealed there is a rematch clause, and Lara is contractually obligated to abide by it, if Wood decides to activate it.
Fans can expect to see the rematch considering Wood was winning the fight before his critical mistake. In addition, several pundits believed that trainer Ben Davidson stopped the fight too soon. With only ten seconds on the clock, Wood had a good chance of surviving the round.
The boxing community will be paying close attention to see what team Wood does next in the upcoming days.