Leigh Wood is desperate for a world title defence to take place at the home of his beloved Nottingham Forest.

It would seem, however, that the mandatory challenger to his WBA featherweight title is trying to pull a sneaky trick.

Michael Conlan is the man next in line for a showdown with Wood. He has taken to Twitter to suggest that he’d relish the fight being at Celtic Park.

The fight is due to take place in March 2022 and promoter Eddie Hearn is currently thrashing out the finer details.

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It would be almost unheard of for the challenger to determine the venue and it’s unlikely that Conlan’s wish will be granted.

Having the fight at the home of Celtic would allow more spectators in. The famous stadium in Glasgow holds 60,000 which is double the capacity of the City Ground.

As the champion, Wood will be the favourite when the two boxers meet.

The ardent Forest supporter has won 25 of his 27 professional fights, with Conlan undefeated from 16 clashes.

Wood has made no secret of his desire to fight at the City Ground.

He told Nottinghamshire Live in August: “There’s Kid Galahad and Jazza Dickens next week and Leo Santa Cruz. I told Eddie within 30 seconds that fighting at the City Ground is what I would love to do.

“I am sure he can make it happen, but it all depends. Normally they have a break in the summer and that’s when it has to happen, but there are international breaks coming up too.”

Wood could be in luck. Forest’s next international break is in March and that could make the Conlan fight on Trentside a possibility.

City Ground would be rocking for Forest fan Wood

The Reds have a unique fan base and as a world champion, Wood would have the CIty Ground rocking.

Conlan’s dream of fighting at Celtic Park will almost certainly have to wait.

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There is absolutely no way that Wood will agree to the Celtic Park scrap being the champion who holds the belt.

It would be a truly special night on the banks of the River Trent and if Wood could get the win, it’d be even better!

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