WBA featherweight world champion Leigh Wood has been forced to withdraw from his hotly anticipated clash with Mauricio Lara in Nottingham due to injury, as per Chris McKenna of the Daily Star.
The card will still go ahead on September 24th, with Kid Galahad vs Maxi Hughes now headlining the show.
The fight was one undoubtedly one of the highlights of the autumn boxing schedule in the UK, with Wood making the second defence of his title after his incredible last round stoppage win over Michael Conlan in March in a fight of the year contender.
Lara was a familiar face on British shores after bursting onto the scene with a shock KO upset over Josh Warrington in 2021, and is now widely regarded as one of the hardest punching 126lbers on the planet.
The fight will now be rescheduled, with plans for the winner to face WBA super champion Leo Santa Cruz now also put on the backburner.
Wood had been on an astronomical rise over the past 18 months, accumulating a string of wins against the odds.
The Lara fight too would have saw Wood go in as the bookmakers’ underdog, so let’s just hope the fight is indeed rescheduled and the Nottingham man gets a chance to prove the oddsmakers wrong yet again.