Leigh Wooden grew to become a British champion seven years after his first try as he knocked down Reece Mould thrice to say the featherweight title at Wembley.
Wooden, 32, confirmed the expertise he had had since dropping to Gavin McDonnell in 2014, as he outboxed Mould and, after being damage by the Yorkshireman, he outpunched him too.
Mould loaded up an excessive amount of and, whereas he had success, he was by no means that onerous to hit. He additionally paid for the trouble in making an attempt to continuously blast Wooden off his stride as he regarded exhausted on the finish.
“It’s a superb feeling, it was a very long time coming,” Wooden mentioned. “I knew it was gong to be a tricky struggle, however I really feel I’m knocking on the door for a world title. That degree, there’s the place I wish to be.
“I don’t assume I’ve ever lied when speaking about boxing performances and what I’m able to. There isn’t any level mendacity since you get in there and get came upon. I’ve spent most of my profession on the again foot working away and I confirmed what I can do after I stand there – to not be hit however stand there able to hit again.”
He mentioned he would love a rematch with McDonnell but additionally mentioned he would love a rematch with Jazza Dickens, who beat him on factors a yr in the past and is now matched with Child Galahad for the IBF title vacated by Josh Warrington.
Wooden additionally paid tribute to Nicky Sales space, the previous British bantamweight champion, who died final month aged 40. “I idolised him as a child,” mentioned Wooden and entered the ring to Sales space’s outdated ring stroll music.
After a decent opening two rounds, Wooden was beginning to take management within the third spherical, however he was caught by an enormous left hook that stopped him in his tracks. Wooden regarded damage and Mould adopted up, catching Wooden once more because the Nottingham fighter tried to struggle his means out of bother,
However Wooden regrouped and got here again within the fourth spherical, touchdown a neat proper excessive of Mould’s guard. He then opened up with three pictures to the physique and a mixture to the pinnacle, that wobbled Mould again into the ropes.
Mould managed to carry, however as Wooden pushed him off he began getting by means of with straight punches, driving Mould again across the ring. Two extra rights appeared to stiffen Mould’s legs after which a three-punch mixture, ending with a proper uppercut, dropped closely him to the ground.
Mould beat the rely at seven, however was damage and had harm to the nostril. He gamely caught out the spherical, although, overlaying up on the ropes and transferring away from Wooden.
He did effectively to regain a foothold within the struggle within the fifth, though it took numerous effort as he tried to pressure Wooden backwards, and he was actually loading up on his punches firstly of the sixth spherical. He had some success however, within the seventh spherical, he was wanting drained.
The eighth spherical noticed Wooden take management and he took Mould out within the ninth spherical. As Mould formed up for a left hook, he was caught by a beautifully-timed left hook that dropped Mould on his face. He was up at six however regarded shattered. Referee Bob Williams allowed him to proceed, however Mould backed straight into the ropes, the place Wooden opened up.
Mould’s legs simply gave means below the onslaught and he collapsed downwards, the underside rope snapping his head again in ugly style as Williams tried to dive to catch him. The time of the stoppage was 1:03 of spherical 9.
Ron Lewis is a senior author for BoxingScene. He was Boxing Correspondent for The Occasions, the place he labored from 2001-2019 – overlaying 4 Olympic Video games and quite a few world title fights throughout the globe. He has written about boxing for all kinds of publications worldwide because the Nineteen Eighties.