Leigh Wood withdraws from WBA world title defence against Mauricio Lara

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Leigh Wood is out of his WBA featherweight title defence against Mauricio Lara on September 24.

The Nottingham fighter has had to withdraw due to an injury picked up in training and the bout is now postponed until a late date.

But the show in Nottingham will go ahead with Kid Galahad’s lightweight clash with Maxi Hughes now topping the bill on the Matchroom card promoted by Eddie Hearn.

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Wood, 34, was due to make the second defence of the regular WBA title after his knockout win over Michael Conlan in March.

Mexican Lara was travelling in looking to take another British scalp having stunned Leeds star Josh Warrington last year.

But Lara will now have to wait until Wood recovers to get his shot.

The winner was expected to face WBA ‘super’ champion Leo Santa Cruz early next year but those plans will now also be on hold.

Wood’s rise has been stunning in the latter part of his career after he shocked everyone to beat Can Xu and become champion.

Galahad’s clash with Hughes is an intriguing one as the Sheffield star moves up to lightweight following his loss in an IBF featherweight title defence to Kiko Martinez last November.

The Sheffield star was knocked out by the Spaniard in what was his second career loss.

Martinez is currently in talks about returning to the UK to face prospect Jordan Gill.

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