11th Hour Deal Struck as Leo Santa Cruz vs Leigh Wood Avoids Purse Bids
The WBA today announced that the purse bids for the mandatory fight between the WBA (Super) Champion Mexico’s Leo Santa Cruz (38-2-1) and their Regular Champion Britain’s Leigh Wood (26-2) were cancelled because both sides struck a deal. Wood is represented by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing and Leo Santa Cruz is affiliated with Al Haymon’s PBC.
Reliable boxing journalist Salvador Rodriguez reported that the fight is eyed for November 5/12 and they have 20 days to submit contracts. It is unknown whether this is in the UK or US, a Matchroom or PBC show. The most likely result is a PBC show in the United States.
Wood stopped Michael Conlan in March in their fight of the year to claim the mandatory position and after a frustrating wait with Leo Santa Cruz trying to unify with the WBC champion Rey Vargas, he finally gets his opportunity to become a full world champion. Wood was expected to vacate his position and make a voluntary defence of his regular title in Nottingham on September 24 due to the 25% split but it appears a deal more favourable to him has been reached.