Leigh Wood’s reward for winning the Commonwealth title in Peterborough last month is a quickfire defence against former champion, Ryan Doyle, in his home city of Nottingham on May 10th.
Wood, who won the vacant belt by stopping Abraham Bonsu in two rounds, is headlining in front of a local crowd for the first time in his career, and manager, Dave Coldwell, is delighted that his fighter is finally fulfilling the promise that has accompanied him since day one.
“For Leigh, this is another chance to raise his profile,” stated Coldwell.
“He’s someone I’ve known about for a very long time and when he won the Commonwealth belt the other week, it was years of hard work going into one night as Leigh has always been a quality fighter.
“He always had a reputation as someone who was set to be Nottingham’s next big star after Froch, but it didn’t quite work out like that for him for a number of years.
“Now he’s got a chance to really build something for himself by featuring high up on a show on Sky Sports against a good opponent in Ryan Doyle.”
Coldwell added, “This is a very good test for Leigh and it’s the right step up from the Bonsu fight.
“Doyle has had a bit if a mixed time lately as he was brilliant against Reece Bellotti, but then came unstuck against Jordan Gill, a fighter I train, so this is a chance for Leigh to see where he’s really at.
“If he can do a proper job on Doyle, then I think he might be in with a shout of nailing a big fight for himself.”