Mauricio Lara vs. Leigh Wood II: date, time, how to watch, background
Mauricio Lara lost his 126-pound title on the scale but will still face Leigh Wood on Saturday in a rematch of their February bout, which Lara won by KO. Wood would claim the vacant belt with a victory.
MAURICIO LARA (26-2-1, 19 KOS)
VS. LEIGH WOOD (26-3, 16 KOS)
When: Saturday, May 27
Time: 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT (main event later in show)
Where: AO Arena, Manchester, England
Division: Featherweight (126-pound limit)
At stake: Vacant WBA title (at stake only for Wood)
Pound-for-pound ranking: None
Odds: Lara 2½-1 favorite (average of multiple outlets)
Also on the card: Melvin Jerusalem vs. Oscar Collazo, strawweights (for Jerusalem’s WBO title); Oscar Duarte vs. D’Angelo Keyes, lightweights; John Ramirez vs. Fernando Diaz, junior bantamweights
Prediction: Lara KO 5
Background: Lara lost his WBA title on the scale, coming in 3½ pounds overweight. The 25-year-old Mexican has become a Brit killer. He knocked out Josh Warrington in 2021 in London to burst upon the boxing scene, after which the two fought to technical draw when Lara suffered a bad cut. That led to a shot at Wood’s title in February, when Lara stopped Wood with a monstrous left hook in the seventh round of a fight the loser was winning on the cards. Wood gets a second chance on Saturday. The 34-year-old from Nottingham delivered the performance of his career in March of last year, putting Michael Conlan through the ropes for a spectacular 12th-round knockout in defense of his belt. And he did well against Lara even though he was cut in the opening round. However, a left hook to Wood’s chin put him down and hurt him badly. He was able to get up on unsteady legs but his trainer threw in the towel.
Mauricio Lara stops Leigh Wood with monster left hook to win title