sport news Leigh Wood claims WBA featherweight world title as Eddie Hearn gets Matchroom's ...

sport news Leigh Wood claims WBA featherweight world title as Eddie Hearn gets Matchroom's ...
sport news Leigh Wood claims WBA featherweight world title as Eddie Hearn gets Matchroom's ...
Leigh Wood claims WBA featherweight world title with stunning 12th-round stoppage victory while Campbell Hatton and Chris Billam-Smith also win as Eddie Hearn gets Matchroom's Fight Camp underway Leigh Wood stopped Xu Can late on to win the WBA featherweight world title It headlined the bill as Eddie Hearn's new contract with DAZN got underway Campbell Hatton continued his progression to move his pro record to 3-0 Chris Billam-Smith beat Tommy McCarthy to win the British and European titles 

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Leigh Wood lit up the dark Essex skies of Eddie Hearn’s back garden with a stunning victory to capture a slice of the WBA featherweight world title and kickstart a new era of British boxing on DAZN.

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The Nottingham fighter sunk to his knees after stopping China’s Xu Can with a near-punch-perfect display of boxing that culminated in a brutal final-round barrage.

It capped a fine first night for Matchroom since Hearn took his stable from Sky Sports to the streaming service.

Leigh Wood produced a brutal 12th-round stoppage to win the WBA featherweight world title

Leigh Wood produced a brutal 12th-round stoppage to win the WBA featherweight world title

The Nottingham fighter was the underdog against Xu Can but it was a punch-perfect display

The Nottingham fighter was the underdog against Xu Can but it was a punch-perfect display

The partnership stumbled before its first step when Conor Benn tested positive for coronavirus two days before he was slated to top this opening bill. 

His fight with Adrian Granados had to be pulled but the show survived, meaning 300 fans still filed down this country lane and on to the lawn of Matchroom HQ. Among them? Watford striker Troy Deeney and comedian Rob Beckett – no bucket hat this time, mind. 

Hearn first hatched a £5million plan to stage shows at his Essex home as boxing limped out of the initial coronavirus shutdown. A year on, Fight Camp returned with less eerie silence and rather more razzmatazz as DAZN put on a self-styled ‘festival’ of boxing at £750 a pop. 

The line-up was headlined by Wood, who broke down Can with the performance of his career. The secondary version of the WBA title was on the line and Hearn had mentioned putting Can in with the winner of Jazza Dickens and Kid Galahad, who meet for the IBF crown next week. Wood had other ideas. 

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Roared on by the fervent Nottingham support in the crowd, Wood claimed the WBA title

Roared on by the fervent Nottingham support in the crowd, Wood claimed the WBA

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