Last Updated on October 3, 2023 8:00 pm by Erwin Noguera
After the weekend that left Saúl ‘El Canelo’ Álvarez beating Jermell Charlo, the boxing world’s interest will move to England, more precisely to Sheffield, which will host Leight Wood’s important fight against Josh Warrington.
Wood is the current World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion and will have to defend his title against a contender with good numbers like Warrington.
Both fighters are English and neither is from Sheffield, which means that there won’t be a biased crowd in the quest for the 119-pound belt. In addition, the winner of this bout already has his next fight secured since the organization has already defined the future challenger, who will be the Uzbek Otabek Kholmatov.
For Wood, this is his first defense, after regaining his crown against Mexican Mauricio Lara. For Warrington, this is a great opportunity to win his first world title.
We should point out that the other relevant fight of the evening is between Cecilia Braekhus and Terri Harper, for the WBA and World Boxing Organization (WBO) Super Welterweight World title.
Saturday, October 7 at 2:00 pm ET at the Utilita Arena de Sheffield en Sheffield, England
2:00 PM ET
Leigh Wood -300
Josh Warrington +225
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Why bet on Leigh Wood?
At 35, Leigh Wood is one of the most experienced British boxers with a record of 27 victories, 16 of them by knockout, and 3 defeats, 2 of which were by stoppage.
His last fight was on May 27 of this year, when he defeated Mexican Mauricio Lara by unanimous decision at the Manchester Arena, regaining the title he had lost against the Latino in February.
Between 2021 and 2022 he had three fights, defeating Reece Mould, Can Xu, and Michael Conlan, all by knockout, and all of them disputed on English soil, where the most important evenings of his career have taken place.
‘Leigh-thal’ has a reach of 1.7 meters, which makes him a versatile fighter.
“It doesn’t take anything away from me knowing that Lara beat Josh and that I beat Lara. I’m confident in the fact that I know I’m the better fighter. It’s taken me a long time to prove that and I’ve waited a long time for this fight to happen.”Wood at the crossover
Why bet on Josh Warrington?
Josh Warrington is also a very experienced boxer, as at 32 years old he has a record of 31 wins, with 8 knockouts, 2 losses (one KO), and 1 draw.
However, in his last fight, he suffered a big blow to his ego, as he lost to Luis Alberto López and the chance to become the International Boxing Federation (IFB) featherweight champion.
He has only been able to win one of his last four fights, as he lost to López and Lara, drew again with Lara, and won by technical knockout against Kiko Martínez.
Before this losing streak the ‘Leeds Warrior’ had won all of his fights on the ropes.
His reach is the same as his opponent (1.7 m) and he will be looking to make his technical quality count, since he does not stand out for the power of his fists.
Final Betting Analysis – Leigh Wood vs. Josh Warrington
At MyBookie.ag we find that Leigh Wood is the favorite of the match with a Moneyline of -300, while Josh Warrington has +225.
Both Leigh Wood and Josh Warrington are experienced fighters, they will not have home advantage and have the same goal, to become featherweight champions. However, there is a clear favorite to win, thanks to his present and his great preparation: ‘Leigh-Thal’, who will keep his belt as the best in the category.
Considering that Warrington is coming from one of the worst streaks in his career, we believe that his eagerness to prove his worth will make him an easy target for a KO. Go for a stoppage in the 6th round.
Go for a straight win for the Leigh Wood’s Moneyline. If you bet $100 on the win at -300, you will gain $33 for a total payout of $133.