LEIGH WOOD will be looking to make a name for himself when he faces Michael Conlan in his hometown of Nottingham TONIGHT.
Wood impressively stopped Chinese fighter Can Xu in the 12th round of their clash last summer to secure the WBC 'Regular' featherweight title at Fight Camp.
And the 33-year-old nearly immediately ordered to defend his title against Ireland's Conlan, who is signed by American promoters Top Rank.
Eddie Hearn's Matchroom won the purse bids for the fight, which was originally touted to take place in both Belfast and New York.
But Wood will have the hometown advantage in Nottingham, with 9,000 fans expected to attend the fight.
The winner could be elevated to the 'Super' world champion at 126lbs, with current champ Leo Santa Cruz not likely to return to defend his belt.
When is Wood vs Conlan?
- Leigh Wood's clash with Michael Conlan will take place TONIGHT -Saturday, March 12.
- The fight will be held at Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham.
- There will be 9,000 fans, split into Nottingham and Irish sections, in attendance at the bout.
- The main event ring walks can be expected at around 10pm UK time.
What channel is it and can it be live streamed?
- Wood vs Conlan will be shown live on DAZN in the UK.
- You can live stream the action from the DAZN app, which is available for download onto your mobile or tablet device.
- To subscribe to DAZN, it will cost you £7.99-a-month to sign-up to the streaming service.
- The undercard action will get underway from 7pm UK time.
Wood vs Conlan FULL CARD
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What has been said?
"I do rate and respect him as a fighter, making sure I’m doing everything I need to do to win. He is quite tricky; we’ve looked at him in great detail," Wood said.
“Social media wise, it seems like he’s got all of Team Conlan trying to rattle me, but it is what it is, I give what I get.
"He can do what he wants to try and throw me off, but I just see it as a weakness, trying to get any advantage he can – it’s not going to work one bit but do that opposite."
Conlan has said: "I have the utmost respect for him as a person and fighter but f**k all that until after the fight. Let’s get the fight done.
“I’ve been in with big punchers my whole life, I’ve had over 250 fights in the amateurs and sparred numerous rounds with big punchers – Oscar Valdez.
“I have answer for anything Leigh does, I know what type of fighter he is, he punches hard yes but slow feet and curly head. I’ll punch ahead of him.”
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