Leigh Wood stuns world champion Xu Can to pull off Fight Camp upset


Wood was the underdog against the featherweight world champion but pulled off the biggest result of his career to be crowned world champion

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Leigh Wood was crowned featherweight world champion on Saturday night after stopping Xu Can in a stunning upset.

The 32-year-old was drafted in at six weeks’ notice to take on his Chinese rival who had been out of action for 21 months.

And Can’s lay-off didn’t help as Wood made a fast start and refused to relent, dropping and stopping the visitor in the final session.

Wood’s first world title tilt headlined Eddie Hearn’s first Fight Camp of the summer – and his first UK show on new UK broadcaster DAZN.

Conor Benn’s clash with Adrian Granados had been set to take centre stage until the son of a legend tested positive for Covid-19.

And Wood took full advantage of his promotion, dropping the champion a minute from the end before forcing the referee to step in with seconds remaining.



Leigh Wood in action against Xu Can
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Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing)




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