Leigh Wood and Mauricio Lara faced off for the final time as the pair weighed in for their clash for Wood’s WBA featherweight title.
Both men weighed in at exactly 126lbs in Nottingham. Wood and Lara went on to face off for the final time before they meet in the ring, and it was an intense stare-down between the champion and challenger.
👀 THE FINAL FACE OFF 🔥@itsLeighWood vs @bronco_lara
It’s nearly time to Dance With The Devil 😈#WoodLara live on @DAZNBoxingpic.twitter.com/wenx2FHcyZ
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) February 17, 2023
Fight week has been littered with face off’s between the pair. Firstly, they came face-to-face at the home of Wood’s beloved Nottingham Forest, as they engaged in an extremely intense face-off under the lights at the City Ground. The champion made it clear that it was his decision to face Lara, with the Mexican responding by claiming it will be a war.
THE FIRST FACE OFF 👀🔥 @itsLeighWood vs @bronco_lara
WBA World Featherweight Title on the line#WoodLara | @DAZNBoxingpic.twitter.com/YdWufflayI
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) February 14, 2023
After an open workout which saw the champion not give too much away, and Lara display his vicious power in contrast, a slightly more relaxed face-off took place at the press conference the next day, as the fighters echoed their words from the first encounter.
𝘿𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙒𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝘿𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙡 😈
🇬🇧 @itsLeighWood vs. @bronco_lara 🇲🇽
𝙒𝘽𝘼 𝙒𝙊𝙍𝙇𝘿 𝙁𝙀𝘼𝙏𝙃𝙀𝙍𝙒𝙀𝙄𝙂𝙃𝙏 𝙏𝙄𝙏𝙇𝙀 👑#WoodLara | February 18 | https://t.co/FoiaUucI53pic.twitter.com/fNGtGVrQxy
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) February 16, 2023
Following the weigh-in, it was time to rehydrate, and Lara did so by tucking into a pizza and washing it down with a can of Coca-Cola, as the fight nears closer.
Rehydrate time 🍕 @bronco_lara#WoodLarapic.twitter.com/znpmMxiI8T
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) February 17, 2023
This bout has the ingredients to be an early fight-of-the-year contender, and you can watch all the action tomorrow night live on DAZN.