Leigh Wood knocked Michael Conlan out in the 12th round last night and the Northern Irishman now wants a rematch at the home of Nottingham Forest.

Wood was down on all three scorecards and needed a knockout to retain his world title.

His sparkling last round knockout sent Conlan flying out of the ring and into the front row.

The referee waved the fight off and Wood has produced the unlikeliest of comebacks.

Wood has spoken previously about fighting at the City Ground and that must be his next plan after this win.

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Conlan proved a tough nut to crack for Wood. He was organised, stuck to his game plan and put the Forest fan on the seat of his pants in the very first round.

With fatigue setting in though, Wood pounced to produce an emphatic knockout in the closing stages.

The Nottingham-born fighter didn’t offer too much post-match, claiming that his celebrations would be subdued until he knew Conlan was okay.

Wood, 33, won the WBA title from Xi Can last July but that was behind closed doors due to covid restrictions.

Almost 10,000 people packed into Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena last night to see the fight just hours after Forest beat Reading 4-0.

It proved a successful day for Nottingham sport and Conlan is pencilling another in his diary.

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Shortly after the fight, Conlan showcased he was on the mend by Tweeting a message to Wood.

He claims that he would love a rematch and he wants the next one to be inside Forest’s City Ground stadium.

Conlan probably deserves a rematch based on his efforts last night and he can count himself unlucky not to be waking up as the new world champion this morning.

A City Ground clash would sell out undoubtedly and the people of Nottingham would relish the occasion.

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