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Leigh Wood reveals 'secret weapon' ahead of maiden world title bid at Fight Camp


Leigh Wood has revealed his ‘secret weapon’ ahead of his world title clash with Chinese champion Xu Can.

The British featherweight is set to face his first ever world title shot after becoming BBBofC British champion last time out with a heavy-handed stoppage of upcoming contender Reece Mould back in February.

And the 32-year-old has unveiled his secret weapon as one of his team member’s video-analyst Lee Wylie, who will help assess a game plan ahead of the contest.

“His impact is massive, he is our secret little weapon we have got,” Wood said on media day at Matchroom Fight Camp.

“He is going to be key to our game planning, looking at the finer details ahead of the fight.



Leigh Wood is ready to capitalise on world title shot against Xu Can on Saturday night
Leigh Wood is ready to capitalise on world title shot against Xu Can on Saturday night

“It makes the difference, it will be key having him on the team along with Ben (Davison) on the night.

Wood also insisted that there are ‘no excuses’ on Saturday night with preparations having gone well, and believes he ‘performs better’ when under pressure.

“If you are good enough you will do it, there is no excuses,” Wood told Mirror Fighting on media day.

“I cannot blame the pressure, but if anything I work better under the pressure.

“I am likely to have 300 people getting behind me, he hasn’t boxed anyone in nearly two years.

“He has his things he is up against, the best plan will prevail on the night.”

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Wood has the advantage of an added two fights since his opponent last competed with his second career defeat to Jazza Dickens came back in February 2020, before the stoppage of the sport as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

And Dickens is set to compete in his own world title challenge against Kid Galahad on the second week of Fight Camp for the vacant IBF featherweight world title.

Nottingham fighter Wood has revealed he is delighted to have received the opportunity to fight for a world title before his former rival and dropped a hint that a rematch could happen in the future.

“Everything for a reason, I’m sure he will be fuming with that,” Wood continued.

“The same in the case of Kid Galahad, he is from the same gym and I could never wrap my head round why I wasn’t getting the opportunities.

“I have really caught up in the last three years to the leading contenders, and put myself in world title contention.

“And to now fight for a world title, and possibly win one would be the icing on the cake.”

The featherweight division is packed with action currently, as Josh Warrington is also likely to return to action after his defeat against Mauricio Lara as he takes the rematch against the Mexican on September 4 in his native-home Leeds.

Wood’s clash with Xu Can features on the first week of Matchroom Boxing’s coveted garden event, which is headlined by rising star Conor Benn as he takes on Adrien Granados at welterweight as he continues his world title chase.

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Benn has fired a warning to Granados ahead of a potentially explosive contest stating that the American will be facing a ‘top boy’.





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