LEIGH WOOD STOPS REECE MOULD TO WIN VACANT BRITISH FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE

LEIGH WOOD STOPS REECE MOULD TO WIN VACANT BRITISH FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE

Leigh Wood stopped Reece Mould with a brutal knockout in the ninth round of their clash for the vacant British Featherweight Title.

The Nottingham fighter, now trained by Ben Davison, floored Mould on three occasions, inflicting a final heavy knockdown in the ninth round to secure the vacant Lonsdale belt.

“It feels good,” said Wood. “It’s a really good feeling and I want to say thanks to Ben Davison because he’s made it happen. I hope Nicky Booth is looking down on me with a smile on his face. He inspired me to do it. He wanted me to pick up the gloves. He came down to my awards evening when I was an amateur. This means everything. His story after he finished boxing was pretty said, so I hope I’ve done him proud.

“Reece Mould is a great fighter and I believe he’s already past British Title level, he just came up against a kid who is way above British Title level tonight. I felt for him because I’ve been there. I was there in 2014 against Gavin McDonnell. I know the feeling and it rips your gut out. If he wants to come again, he’ll come again.

“Experience is key. You’ve just got to keep learning. There’s a lot of stigma around staying unbeaten and doing it all in one wrong. You learn more from a loss than a win. You go back to the gym and you analyse, and you work on your weaknesses. I’m living proof of that.

“Coming off a loss I had a lot of doubters. Teaming up with Ben Davison is the best thing I’ve done. He identified all of my strengths and realised what I had to do to get the most out of them. It all came together on the night. I’ve only had eight weeks with him and I got a few tellings off in the corner! I’m still polishing things up but we knew if would be enough on the night.”

Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

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