Leigh Wood Golden Contract semi-final

Leigh Wood will be even more lethal in this month's Golden Contract semi-final

Published On Monday, February 3, 2020By British Boxing News

Leigh Wood claims "You've seen nothing yet!"

A lot of people felt Leigh Wood's #GoldenContract quarter-final was the performance of the round, but the Nottingham fighter has sent a warning to his rivals - insisting you've seen nothing yet.

The featherweight semi-finals, along with the super-lightweight semi-finals take place on a bumper night at York Hall on February 21, live on Sky Sports in association with Matchroom Boxing and ESPN+ in association with Top Rank.

The remaining featherweights are Wood, Ryan Walsh, Tyrone McCullagh and Jazza Dickens, while the super-lightweight line-up features Ohara Davies, Tyrone McKenna, Mohamed Mimoune and Jeff Ofori.

Wood (23-1 (13 KOs) was extremely impressive in the quarter-final as he defeated Rio 2016 Olympian David Oliver Joyce in the ninth round to relieve him of his WBO Eropean belt, but has now revealed he was carrying an injury heading into that fight, and so will be even more lethal in this month's semi-final.

Wood said: "I'm really excited for the semi-finals and I'm on fire. In the quarter-finals I didn't have the preparation I wanted because of an injury, but I was determined to do what I had to do to win that fight.

"I couldn't run a single mile for that quarter-final, so reverted to swimming and doing things I wasn't used to doing. I couldn't gauge my fitness so that was an obstacle I had to overcome, so I was proud of getting the win under those circumstances.

"I'm not underestimating anybody in the quarter-final, but the biggest thing for me is doing what I do best. Preparing for somebody like myself is a nightmare. How do you prepare for someone that can box, switch hit, is fit and can punch?

"Before signing with Dave Coldwell I spent a lot of time in the gym either injured or fully able to fight and nothing would come my way, so now I'm loving having all these fights lined up."

A massive card at York Hall later this month also includes up and coming stars Elliot Whale and Inder Bassi Singh, along with debutants Burim Ahmeti and William Hamilton.


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