Leigh Wood and Josh Warrington meet in Sheffield for a fight that’s tipped to be as thrilling as they come.
Wood defends his WBA Featherweight World Title, giving Warrington the opportunity to become three-time champion. With the strong backing of their cities, Nottingham and Leeds respectively, the two fairytale fighters look to provide a statement ending to their careers.
And Hall of Famer turned promoter, Barry McGuigan, believes it could be curtains for Warrington if he loses.
“Though Wood, 35, is the elder by three years, he has fewer miles on the clock. If Warrington loses this will be the last we see of him at 126 pounds. It could be the last we see of him full stop. The jeopardy enhances the spectacle, and if it catches fire as I anticipate, this could easily be a fight of the year contender.”
Speaking in his column in the Mirror, McGuigan continued by predicting just that – and he doesn’t see it going twelve either.
“Warrington has a chance but he must box cleverly and not get walked onto a shot. He has to move in and out of punching distance at a high pace, use his jab, land his scoring shots and get back out quickly.”
“Wood will fall into the role of counter puncher, boxing on the back foot, trying to set up the right hand and left hook. I think Warrington will have some success early on but something tells me he will get caught coming in and stopped in the championship rounds.”
Wood-Warrington will be broadcast live from Sheffield on DAZN worldwide