Leigh Wood exacts revenge by defeating Mauricio Lara in the rematch to reclaim the featherweight championship.

The British overpowered an overweight opponent who came out flat with his power shots.

On Saturday, Maurico Lara’s disastrous week came to an end when he lost to Leigh Wood by unanimous decision. Wood won the rematch and the WBA featherweight title. Despite the fact that Lara had already lost the title due to severely missing weight before the bout, her lackluster performance did little to lessen the pain of losing the crown.

The British Boxing Board of Control made it apparent during a weight check on Wednesday that they would not permit Lara to lose the weight he would need to lose in order to fight on Friday within the featherweight limit. Lara weighed about four pounds over than he should have and fought 12 rounds like a fighter who wasn’t in the best of shape.

Lara prevailed in their first encounter, outboxing Wood for six rounds before a devastating left hook knocked him out and prompted his camp to concede defeat. On Saturday, the situation in Manchester, England, was drastically different.

Lara was sent to the ground by Wood’s powerful right uppercut in the second round. Lara was able to stand up quickly and keep fighting, but the exchange changed the dynamic of the battle by demonstrating that Wood had the power to knock Lara to the ground.


Similar to the first battle, Wood’s straight right frequently broke through Lara’s defense to land powerful blows. Lara failed to gain any momentum at all, and Wood capitalized on that by being the busier man and consistently maintaining distance.

If Lara’s weight issues had an impact on his conditioning, Wood’s continuous attention on jabbing at his body did not help. When Lara did enter and make an effort to release his grip, Wood merely closed his fists around him, stifling his movements.

Lara stayed largely on his back foot and appeared to be searching for a single counterpunch to end the fight as he continued to lose the boxing battle round after round. Although such tactic may have been successful in February, the scorecards for the rematch were lopsided.

Wood’s second reign as the featherweight world champion began with the official scorecards reading 118-109, 118-109, and 116-111.

After the bout, Wood remarked, “What a feeling.” “You know, I’ve had a fairy story career, and this time I got my f—ing fairy tale finale. 10 pounds is fine. I wasn’t going to lose tonight.