Leigh Wooden misplaced his WBA world featherweight title after being knocked out within the seventh spherical by Mexican Mauricio Lara in Nottingham.
Wooden, 31, was prime on all three judges’ scorecards in an exhilarating contest at Motorpoint Enviornment however was dropped by an excellent left hook and his coach Ben Davison threw within the towel.
Wooden suffered a nasty reduce close to his left eye after an unintentional conflict of heads late within the first spherical and was boxing beautifully earlier than Lara, 24, landed her knockout blow.
Lara landed a booming proper hook within the second spherical, which looped Woods’ legs, however the champ responded with some huge punches within the third.
Wooden was damage once more by a right-left mixture from the Mexican early within the fourth, however once more the Englishman dug deep to complete the spherical sturdy.
Lara was visibly injured by a physique shot within the fifth and was caught with one other heavy mixture earlier than being despatched into the ropes within the sixth by an enormous proper cross from Wooden.
However simply when the partisan crowd felt Wooden was taking the measure of a harmful opponent, Lara, who handed a primary profession loss to former IBF featherweight world champion Josh Warrington, linked with an outstanding left hook.
Wooden beat the depend however was clearly on wobbly legs and his nook threw within the towel.
He gained the belt with a last-round stoppage of China’s Xu Can in 2021 and repeated the feat in opposition to Michael Conlan final March in The Ring journal’s Combat of the Yr.
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