Dave Coldwell wants Leigh Wood title win to be catalyst for career boost

RINGSIDE 19/02/2019

With his full focus centered on Jordan Gill from a training capacity ahead of his March 2nd outing in Peterborough, the management eye of Dave Coldwell will be fixed on Leigh Wood as the Nottingham man challenges Abraham Bonsu for the vacant Commonwealth title at featherweight on the same show.

Once considered one of the finest prospects in British boxing, Wood’s career aspirations were dented by Gavin McDonnell in 2014.

Unbeaten since that night, Wood has now enlisted the managerial expertise of Coldwell and the man now guiding his career believes that this fight is the perfect platform for future opportunities.

“Leigh is someone I’ve always rated,” buzzed Coldwell. “When the chance came to manage him I was excited because he’s someone who has a lot to give and this Commonwealth title can really be the making of him.

“He was talked about in Nottingham as perhaps being the next Carl Froch at the start of his career and he was making brilliant progress until running into Gavin McDonnell, but he’s done well since that night and the plan now is to get him this belt and then look towards bigger prizes.”

On his relationship with Wood, Coldwell added. “We speak quite a bit and he’s a hungry lad who wants to be in big fights. What you have to remember is that at the start of his career there were very big expectations of him and he had ideas of being involved in some big nights.

“It hasn’t quite worked out that way for him yet, but he has time on his side and can still play a major part in the featherweight scene. I want him to win this title and then we’ll have a little chat about where we go next.”