Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has told BBC Radio Nottingham that WBA Featherweight champion Leigh Wood is one fight away from a date with Nottingham Forest.
The world champion defends his crown on the 12th March at the Nottingham Arena. Wood will be aiming to end Michael Conlan’s unbeaten record and retain his supremacy at the summit of his trade.
The Northern Irishman has won all 18 of his professional fights to date. Wood, on the other hand, has been beaten twice during 27 fights at the elite level.
The 33-year-old from Gedling had hoped to secure a City Ground fight this time around. First, he must overcome Conlan at the Nottingham Arena but Hearn thinks he’s close to fighting at the home of Forest.
He told BBC Radio Nottingham: “The atmosphere is going to be unbelievable. Leigh is on the brink of becoming a big, big name in the sport and this could probably open doors to a big fight at the City Ground as well.”
Hearn’s comments will be music to the ears of Wood. He is desperate to fight at a sold-out City Ground and now looks close to achieving his dream.
Conlan will provide a tough challenge in March first. The incentive of fighting at the home of his beloved Forest should give him a huge incentive, however.
Support: The whole of Nottingham will be backing Forest fan Wood
Memories of the days of supporting Carl Froch in great fights against Lucien Bute and Yusaf Mack will come flooding back when Wood takes to the Nottingham Arena in March.
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Fans will be desperate to see Wood in action at the City Ground. It would be a stunning occasion and would likely take place during the close season in the summer.
Wood has to get past Conlan first, however, but if he does, the City Ground could soon be awash with ardent boxing supporters.
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