Leigh Wood and Mauricio Lara headlined a Matchroom boxing event on Dazn streaming on February 18, 2023.
Taking place in Wood’s hometown of Nottingham, UK, the bout saw Wood defend WBA Featherweight Championship. After Leo Santa Cruz relinquished the WBA(super) title of the same division, Wood was promoted as the main champion from WBA Regular Champion.
Mauricio Lara, ranked the best active featherweight by TRBR, looked to continue his winning streak after wins over Emilio Sanchez and José Sanmartin in 2022. His first 2 assignments outside Mexico came against Josh Warrington. He defeated Warrington via TKO in the ninth round before their second bout ended in a technical draw due to a clash of heads. Did Lara continue his exceptional run?
Two regional titles were to be contested on the undercard. The co-main event saw undefeated Dalton Smith making second defense of British Super Lightweight title against Billy Allington. Two undefeated boxers in Gary Cully and Wilfredo Flores clashed further down the card over WBA Intercontinental Lightweight title.
Scroll down to get results live from Leigh Wood and Mauricio Lara event with a complete fight card.
Prelims Card (11:15 pm ET)
- Sam Maxwell def. Shaun Cooper via unanimous decision (60-54) – 6 rounds, Super Lightweight
- Kieron Conway def. Jorge Silva via unanimous decision (80-72) – 8 rounds, Super Middleweight
- Junaid Bostan def. Peter Kramer via TKO at 1:30 of round 7- 8 rounds, Super Welterweight
- Aaron Bowen def. Mathie ((u Gomes via KO at 1:35 of round 1 – 6 rounds, Middleweight
Main Card (2 pm ET)
- Diego Alberto Ruiz def. Gamal Yafai via unanimous decision (97-91, 98-90, 98-89) – 10 rounds Super Bantamweight bout
- Gary Cully def. Wilfredo Flores via TKO at 1:50 of round 2- 10 rounds, vacant WBA Intercontinental Lightweight Championship bout
- Cheavon Clarke def. Israel Duffus via unanimous decision (98-88, 98-88, 98-90)- 10 rounds Cruiserweight bout
- Dalton Smith(c) def. Billy Allington via unanimous decision (119-108, 119-018, 120-17) – 12 rounds, British Super Lightweight Championship bout
- Main Event: Mauricio Lara def. Leigh Wood(c) via TKO at 2:54 of round 7- 12 rounds, WBA Featherweight Championship bout