Leigh Wood, the English professional boxer, is a current two-time world featherweight champion. He first held the World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight title from 2021 to February 2023 and regained it in May 2023. Before achieving world success, he also held the Commonwealth featherweight title in 2019 and the British featherweight title in 2021.
In the early stages of his career, Wood faced Gavin McDonnell for the British super bantamweight title in February 2014. Although he put on an impressive performance, he lost the fight in the 6th round due to fatigue after struggling to make weight for the fight. Following the loss, he made a comeback by defeating Martin Mubiru via a 3rd-round TKO.
After a series of wins at featherweight, Wood took on Josh Wale, the man who had previously fought McDonnell to a draw, in a British title eliminator. Wood outboxed Wale for most of the fight, securing a unanimous decision victory. He then had a redemption fight against Lee Glover for the Midlands Area featherweight title, avenging an amateur loss to Glover with a dominant performance and a knockout victory.
Wood won the vacant Commonwealth featherweight title with a second-round knockout against Abraham Osei Bonsu in March 2019. He successfully defended the title against Ryan Doyle in May 2019, winning by a tenth-round knockout.
In October 2019, Wood competed in The Golden Contract Featherweight Tournament Quarter-final, defeating David Oliver Joyce with a ninth-round technical knockout. He later faced Jazza Dickens in the semifinals, where he lost via a narrow majority decision in February 2020.
As of May 2023, Leigh Wood is ranked as the world’s second-best active featherweight by BoxRec, sixth by The Ring magazine, and seventh by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. His journey in the sport has been filled with triumphs and challenges, showcasing his determination and skill as a professional boxer.