YOU’D think when headlining a card in your hometown arena there would be some nerves. Even just the odd butterfly in the stomach. Not for Leigh Wood however, as the Nottingham man gave us access to the final couple of days before the defence of his Commonwealth title against Ryan Doyle on Friday at the Motorpoint Arena.
Wood is the picture of confidence. There’s no need for any digs, no mind games with his opponent. He’s not even bordering on arrogance. It’s just pure confidence with a big dose of excitement, as he fulfils a dream while bringing a major fight night back to the city for the first time since 2012. It’s as if he already knows the score and is just waiting for the rest of us to find out.
Whenever boxing is discussed in Nottingham, Carl Froch’s shadow looms large and rightly so. But, as Wood sits in one of the executive boxes in the City Ground, the home of the pair’s beloved Nottingham Forest he jokes: “I’d love to fight here. Just so I’ve got something he hasn’t got. Carl might have the 80,000 at Wembley but he hasn’t got the City Ground, so it’ll be one of the few things he hasn’t done.”