Three-time super-middleweight champion, Carl Froch, has made his prediction ahead of this weekend’s all-British world title clash between Leigh Wood and Josh Warrington.
Froch’s hero status as the fighting pride of Nottingham still lives on despite his retirement in 2014, but that has not intervened with the emergence of a new superstar from the city, with Leigh Wood now carrying the flag.
Wood has shocked the world in recent years, with upset wins over Can Xu, Michael Conlan and a rematch with Mauricio Lara, earning back the WBA Featherweight Title in the process.
Now, he aims to defend the belt against Leeds’ poster boy, Josh Warrington, and Froch anticipates an eye-catching performance, he explained on his YouTube channel.
“Leigh Wood; the sheriff of Nottingham, I’ve passed the badge over to him when he became world champion, he recently avenged that defeat against Lara, that was a great comeback win. I don’t think Lara was quite himself, but Leigh Wood was ready for whatever was coming for him and he put on spectacular performance and got the win.”
“Josh Warrington; he’s not boxed since December and he lost that one as well. He’s only won one of his last four, he’s well past his best, he’s on the slide, but he is still what I would call a warrior.
He’s a fit, strong, hard-worker. But, the problem with being fit and strong and working hard, when you get older, the main thing that you rely on is your fitness and your toughness, that goes, that starts to diminish.”
“So, I just think that Leigh Wood’s skill, his agility, his power and his timing will be too much for Josh Warrington.”
“I think Leigh can potentially, not only win a points decision in style, but I think he can get the mid-to-late stoppage.”
Wood-Warrington takes place on Saturday night at Sheffield Arena, with limited tickets still available for the event, that can also be watched live on DAZN.