Leigh Wood is the new British Featherweight Champion after a stunning demolition of Reece Mould at Wembley Arena.
The Nottingham boxer produced a superb display against a good up and coming fighter previously unbeaten and dominated the bout after a fourth round knockdown before finally stopping Mould in round nine initially with a counter punch that devastatingly flattened the Yorkshireman to the canvass.
Despite getting quickly up from a destructive uppercut by Wood, Mould was soon again on the deck this time with doctors hurriedly attending to him lights out as the flurrying Wood went in with the final attack to show no mercy and take in style a crown he had long wanted having previously lost his first and only attempt at it against Gavin McDonnell seven years ago.
One of the toughest but most rewarding belts to win for British fighters, Wood back then (against McDonnell) might have considered himself taking on quality opposition too early in his career and Mould may look back in years to come as doing similar, as Wood, favourite on the night, looked a class above in all areas.
The experience, patience and shot selection of the Gedling born 32-year old telling in the end, the ninth round an awesome finish by a boxer who has proved he still has plenty in the tank.
What next for Wood? A European? Maybe even a World title fight in his sights, whilst defending his new Lonsdale will also be an immediate option worth considering, the ever nearing debut fight at the City Ground certainly whets the appetite for a Forest fan hoping to showcase himself in front of his own at a packed house Trentside.
Some huge appraisals from those watching on the night including that of Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn who will now look to set Wood up with something special next, a fantastic reward awaits for a fighter who has proved to be one of the best in the country in his weight division.
Wood said after “it’s a brilliant feeling, it’s a long time coming” and told Sky Sports that Mould “is a tough kid, I believe he’s above British title already, I knew it was going to be a hard fight but i’m currently knocking on the door for a world title fight, and that’s where I want to be”.
Who knows what lies next for Wood who dedicated last nights win to Nicky Booth and Amateur Coach Gary Winning who both recently passed away, exciting opportunities now assured for ‘Leightah’ with one thing always certain, the whole city of Nottingham will again be behind him, as it always is.
*Main image @Betfred Wood knocks down Mould to become British Featherweight Champion.