Feature | May 14 2019

Leigh Wood on how to come back from a first defeat

Leigh Wood impresses in Nottingham but spares thought for Jordan Gill, writes Matt Bevan
Leigh Wood
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LEIGH WOOD proved his class on Friday night, as he took apart Ryan Doyle in 10 rounds at the Motorpoint Arena in his hometown of Nottingham to retain his Commonwealth featherweight title.

However, in the aftermath his focus wasn’t on his breakthrough moment, but on his friend Jordan Gill who suffered the first loss of his career, when he was pulled out after eight rounds, following three knockdowns at the hands of Enrique Tinoco, losing his WBA International featherweight strap in the process.

Wood is confident that his close friend will be able to bounce back, having been in the same position himself just over five years ago, when he was defeated by Gavin McDonnell for the British super-bantamweight title.


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