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Leigh Wood vs Josh Warrington Predictions & Tips – Wood To Retain World Title On Points

Last updated: 29 Sep 2023
Leigh Copson 29 Sep 2023
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  • Leigh Wood vs Josh Warrington tips for Saturday, October 7
  • Fight to take place at Utilita Arena in Sheffield, England
  • Will Wood retain his WBA featherweight world title?
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    Leigh Wood vs Josh Warrington Predictions & Tips
  • Leigh Wood vs Josh Warrington Predictions & Tips
  • Leigh Wood Form
  • Josh Warrington Form

Leigh Wood vs Josh Warrington Predictions & Tips

Leigh Wood is backed to retain his world featherweight title on points.

Wood is enjoying a late flurry in his career, while Josh Warrington’s career has been on the wane.

We expected a technical tussle between the two men, which requires the judges to decide a winner.

  • Leigh Wood has won 16 of his last 18 fights
  • Josh Warrington has failed to win 3 of his last 4 fights
  • Both men went the distance in their last fights
  • The two men have gone the distance a combined 35 times

Leigh Wood Form

Leigh Wood is the defending WBA featherweight champion with a professional record of 27-3 (16 KOs).

Wood’s chances of becoming a world champion looked to be all but over when he was knocked out in the sixth round by Gavin McDonnell in 2014.

However, he responded to that loss with a 12-fight win streak that included Commonwealth and European title wins.

The 35-year-old Englishman’s run was halted when he lost the European crown to Jazza Dickens by majority decision, but he again rebounded quickly.

Wood stopped Reece Mould in the ninth round of his next outing to win the British title, and he then knocked out Xu Can in the final round to win the WBA (Regular) belt.

In his next outing he recorded another 12th-round knockout, this time stopping Michael Conlan, and following that victory he was upgraded to full world championship status.

He lost the belt in his first official defence, getting knocked out in the seventh round by Mauricio Lara in February of this year, but his response was strong.

Wood regained the WBA featherweight title in May, earning a unanimous decision win over Lara.

Josh Warrington Form

Josh Warrington is a two-time former IBF featherweight champion with a professional record of 31-2-1 (8 KOs).

Warrington established himself as one of British boxing’s best as he won the first 26 fights of his career to earn a world title fight in 2018.

He got the better of domestic rival Lee Selby on that night, winning the IBF world title via split decision.

In his first defence he took on another big name on the British and Irish scene, Carl Frampton, and was able to beat ‘The Jackal’ via unanimous decision.

From there Warrington edged Kid Galahad via split decision, before finally ending his knockout drought with a second-round stoppage of Sofiane Takoucht.

The 32-year-old vacated the belt after that victory, and in his next outing he suffered the first defeat in his career.

He suffered a shock ninth-round knockout loss to Mauricio Lara, and when the two men met again the fight had to be stopped in the second round after Lara was cut by an accidental clash of heads.

That fight was ruled a draw, but in his next outing Warrington did get back to winning ways, knocking out Kiko Martinez in the seventh round to regain the IBF title.

His reign was short-lived however, as he dropped a majority decision to Luis Alberto Lopez last December.


Neither fighter is at their peak, but right now Leigh Wood looks to have more in the tank.

He also does not have to fear Josh Warrington’s punching power, so we expect him to let his hands go and outwork the challenger over 12 rounds.

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