Brentwood, United Kingdom – For the WBA “regular” featherweight title, Leigh Wood (25-2, 15 KOs) stopped Xu Can (18-3, 3 KOs) in the twelfth and final round to become a champion. (Photos by Mark Robinson)
After a tight first lap, Wood let go of his hands in the second lap. Can was mostly in a defensive stance while waiting for openings to counter back.
Can really picked up speed in the third section, with Wood still landing the better and harder punches. The fourth was also close as Can continued to let go of his hands. Can’s right hand often ended up in the fifth. In the sixth it was Wood with the harder hits and Can with the work rate.
During the seventh both had their moments. Wood took up his work rate. The British boxer did more of it in the aft, with Wood letting go of his hands and dumping Can with heavy blows. A close ninth. Wood could have nicked it with some heavy punches in the last few moments.
Can finished well in tenth place. He pushed forward and made Wood work very hard. A give and take in the eleventh. Wood landed the harder shots by far. On the twelfth and final lap, Can came out full of energy. Wood was ready to trade the thrust. Wood still landed the more telling punches. As Can got closer, Wood dropped him with one large right hand. Can beat the Count – and Wood attacked and let go of his hands. Wood struck forward when Can was caught in the ropes – and the referee jumped in to stop the fight