Leigh Wooden received Ring Journal ‘knockout of the yr’ when he KO’d Michael Conlan final yr.
The pair clashed in Nottingham, as Wooden regarded to defend his WBA tremendous featherweight world title and it went all the way down to the wire.
The struggle didn’t get off to a superb begin for Wooden, as he discovered himself down on the canvas in spherical one, and he was being out-boxed for almost all of the competition.
Coming into the championship rounds, Wooden managed to drop Conlan, however that was not sufficient.
By the ultimate spherical of the struggle, Wooden was shedding on all three judges’ scorecards and wanted a knockout or no less than one other knockdown to say victory.
And he definitely delivered, as the person from Nottingham pushed his opponent up towards the ropes and landed a thunderous proper hand that marked the start of the tip.
Conlan’s shoulders instantly slumped because it turned clear he was out on his toes.
However, earlier than Wooden realised, he landed a number of extra punches and despatched the Irishman flying out of the ropes, as spectators at ringside tried to catch him.
It was such a brutal knockout that Wooden even broke down in tears on the post-fight press convention, involved for Conlan’s well being, however thankfully he was OK and has gone on to proceed preventing since.
In the meantime, Wooden misplaced his world title towards Mauricio Lara in his subsequent struggle, however rapidly regained it in a rematch and on Saturday evening he’ll put it on the road once more towards Josh Warrington.
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