Leigh Wood: "Reece Mould
Won't Hear The Final Bell"
Leigh Wood is predicting an early finish when he collides
with Reece Mould for the vacant British Featherweight Title
at The SSE Arena, Wembley on Saturday February 13, live on
Sky Sports in the UK and on DAZN in the U.S. and more than
200 countries and territories.
Nottinghamís Wood (23-2, 13 KOs) narrowly lost out to
eventual MTK Golden Contract winner Jazza Dickens in
February last year, but heads into his second attempt at
capturing the prestigious Lord Lonsdale Challenge Belt with
a new approach and full of confidence having linked up with
trainer Ben Davison in recent months.
ďNew trainer, new place. It was challenging at first but
itís without a doubt the best move Iíve made," said Wood.
ďThe way I view boxing, my perception of things, Iíve
started learning! Iím going in there with a game-plan and I
know exactly what Iíve got to do.
ďWhen you look back at my previous fights, I spent most of
my time dancing around, not using my biggest attribute which
is my power. One of the first things Ben asked me is, why do
you fight like that? When I watch back the fight with Jazza
Dickens Iím shaking my head! Itís almost cringey, itís a
hard watch when I identify all the things Iíve been working
on now. I canít wait to show the new and improved version of
In just his 12th pro fight, Wood boxed Gavin McDonnell for
the British Super-Bantamweight crown but was handed his
first defeat, a loss that has made his desire to win the
belt at the second time of asking even stronger.
ďFrom when I turned professional winning the British Title
was something I wanted to do. Itís a box I want to tick so
Iím extremely focused on the job at hand.
ďWhen I was fighting for the British Title for the first
time I was unbeaten and I didn't want to lose my 0 at any
cost, but itís all experience. You donít get easy fights for
the British Title, they donít give them away! Iím confident
because Iíve put the work in that 100% Iíll bring it home on
Wood is all too aware that Mould (13-0, 6 KOs), the current
English Champion and stablemate of Featherweight kingpin
Josh Warrington, will be no easy touch and has prepared for
a tough fight.
ďWeíve studied Reece Mould, we know his strengths and
weaknesses. Heís a good fighter, you donít win Titles if
youíre not. I just think heís very basic in what he does,
heís not very adaptable and I think thatís going to be key
ďIím not expecting an easy fight but itís one Iím very
confident of winning. I canít see him hearing the final
bell, Iím on fire at the minute. Everything is coming
together at the right time! Iím going to be hitting him with
some incredibly big shots that he wonít see coming, itís
going to be a great night for me."
Wood vs. Mould is part of a big night of action, Josh
Warrington (30-0, 7 KOs) faces Mexicoís Mauricio Lara (21-2,
14 KOs), Zelfa Barrett defends his IBF Intercontinental
Super-Featherweight Title against former World Champion Kiko
Martinez, fast-rising Sheffield Super-Lightweight talent
Dalton Smith (6-0, 5 KOs) takes on Ishmael Ellis (11-3),
Leeds starlet Hopey Price (3-0, 1 KO) sees action and
Keighley Featherweight Ibrahim Nadim (2-0) steps-up against
Jonny Phillips (5-5, 2 KOs).