WBA featherweight world champion, Leigh Wood says he is targeting more world titles after signing a multi-fight promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing.
Wood ripped away the ‘Regular’ world title with a stunning 12th round stoppage win over Xu Can on week one of Fight Camp last month.
‘Leigh-thal’ joined illustrious company by becoming just the second fighter from Nottingham to become a world champion after former super middleweight champion, Carl Froch and is now keen on a showdown with WBO titlist, Emanuel Navarrete.
“I’m really excited to be working with Matchroom who in my opinion are leading the way in professional boxing,” said Wood.
“I’m confident that they can deliver and help me achieve my dream on the biggest stage in boxing.
“Winning the WBA Title at Fight Camp was just the beginning for me. I want all of the big fights out there.
“I said I wanted the Emanuel Navarrete fight because he’s explosive like me, that’ll be absolute fireworks. Let’s unify the division. My best years are definitely ahead of me.”
Wood is in a thriving division domestically with recently-crowned IBF champion Kid Galahad, former IBF holder, Josh Warrington who seeks revenge against Mauricio Lara on September 4, Jazza Dickens and Jordan Gill who is highly-rated by the WBA.
Promoter Eddie Hearn says the ultimate aim is to secure him a fight at the City Ground – home of Nottingham Forest Football Club – who Wood displayed his world title at on the weekend.
“I’m delighted to welcome Leigh to the Matchroom Boxing team after his stunning victory at Fight Camp,” Matchroom Sport Chairman Eddie Hearn added.
“The Featherweight division is on fire right now in the U.K. and there are some huge unification fights out there also.
“We have the platform to box Leigh anywhere in the world but I’d love to land him a big fight at the City Ground next year.”
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“I’m delighted to see Leigh Wood rewarded for his history-making World Title win at Fight Camp with a well-deserved promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing,” Wood’s manager Dave Coldwell said.
“Leigh is one of the most improved fighters in the UK and has a brilliant team behind him in [trainer] Ben Davison, Lee Wylie and Barry Smith.
“To go in at six weeks’ notice and turn in a performance like that shows that he belongs on the biggest stage.
“This is only the beginning for Leigh as he targets unification fights in the Featherweight division.”