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Leigh Wood celebrates victory over Michael Conlan after their WBA Featherweight World Title contest at the Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham. Picture date: Saturday March 12, 2022.


WBA feather belt becomes vacant after Leigh Wood moves up in rank

Leigh Wood has decided to move up to the super featherweight division, leaving the World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight belt vacant.

The British fighter recently defended his crown with a spectacular knockout over Josh Warrington on October 7 and had already announced unofficially his intention to move up to 130 pounds. This week, his team sent the formal communication of his decision to the pioneering body.

“We would like to express our sincere thanks to the WBA for their support and for allowing Leigh to win, defend and ultimately regain his world honors. The WBA has played a crucial role in shaping Leigh’s career, and we are truly grateful for the experiences he has gained during his time as Featherweight Champion,” noted the letter sent.

The text also mentions Ben Davison, Wood’s trainer and a great professional, who says he is in tune with the decision and sends words of thanks to the WBA for all the opportunities provided at 126 pounds.

The championships committee will study the present of the category and the rankings of the organization in order to make a decision regarding who will fight for the vacant belt.

The WBA thanks Wood for always wearing the belt with respect, honor and courage, and hopes to see him soon fighting for a new black and gold belt and representing the WBA colours.

Credit: WBA

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