A torn bicep sustained in a bout has ruled Leigh Wood out of his WBA featherweight world title defense against Mexico’s Mauricio Lara at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena on Saturday 24 September.
The show will go on, with Rossington’s Maxi Hughes defending his IBO lightweight world title against former IBF featherweight world champion Kid Galahad of Sheffield in a grand Yorkshire derby at the top of the card, live throughout the world on DAZN (excluding Australia and New Zealand).
‘Maximus’ (25-2-2, 5 KOs), who is undefeated since November 2019, clinched the IBO crown with a points win over dangerous Mexican Jovanni Straffon in September last year before making a successful first defense. against Ryan Walsh in March. .
Galahad (28-2, 17 KOs) will be looking to win again at lightweight after suffering a knockout loss to Spanish veteran Kiko Martinez in what was supposed to be a routine defense of his IBF title at Sheffield. Arena in November 2021.
On a stacked card, Denaby Main’s Terri Harper (12-1-1, 6 KOs) jumps in weight to challenge Scotland’s Hannah Rankin (12-5, 3 KOs) for her IBO and WBA junior welterweight world titles in a Intriguing England. shock vs. Scotland.
Former IBO and WBC super featherweight world champion Harper lost her titles to American Alycia Baumgardner on the undercard of Galahad vs. Martinez last year before capturing the WBA intercontinental lightweight title against Yamila Belen Abellaneda in March.
Rankin captured gold by beating Maria Lindberg over 10 rounds at Tottenham Hotspur FC’s Banqueting Hall in November 2021 before defending her belts against Mexico’s Alejandra Ayala at The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, in May.
Birmingham heavyweight prospect Solomon Dacres (4-0, 1 KO) meets Dominic Akinlade (9-3-1, 4 KO) in ten rounds, former British team Olympian Cheavon Clarke (2-0 , 2 KO) looks to maintain his perfect start to life in the cruiserweight division against Argentine Marcos Nicolas Karalitzky (7-5-2, 2 KOs), Alnwick welterweight talent Cyrus Pattinson (4-0, 2 KOs) has his fifth fight in the paid ranks, new Matchroom super welterweight signing Junaid Bostan (2-0, 2 KOs) is aiming for three knockouts in three fights, Mansfield super bantamweight prospect Nico Leivars (2- 0-1) returns to action after her technical draw in Sheffield and Wigan lightweight Rhiannon Dixon (5-0) fights for the first time under the STN Sports banner.
“We are heartbroken to lose such an explosive headliner in Leigh Wood vs. Mauricio Lara so close to fight week but unfortunately Leigh suffered a torn bicep during the bout and there is no way she can get in the ring against such a dangerous opponent with just one. arm,” said Matchroom Sport President Eddie Hearn. “I am pleased to confirm that our show at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena on September 24 will go ahead with the IBO lightweight world title clash between Yorkshire rivals Maxi Hughes and Kid Galahad now topping the list.
“There is more world title action on the undercard with Hannah Rankin defending her WBA and IBO super welterweight belts against former super featherweight world champion Terri Harper. Both Hughes vs. Galahad as Rankin vs. Harper are worthy of headlining their own shows and we have some of the best emerging talent on the card like Cyrus Pattinson and Junaid Bostan.”
Ticket refunds are available from point of purchase through Tuesday, September 20.