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Santa Cruz Vs Wood May Not Be Next Despite WBA Agreement Between Both Parties

On Friday August 5, the WBA 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.

Boxing journalists determined the fight was likely to take place on a PBC on Showtime/Fox card on November 5/12 but recently there have been rumours/reports suggesting Santa Cruz vs Wood might not take place next.

In an interview conducted on Sunday, Matchroom Boxing’s CEO Frank Smith was asked by Rob Tebbutt (ID Boxing) whether Wood would face Santa Cruz on September 24. Smith replied ‘Probably not that one but another big one we’re looking at’.

Mauricio Lara confirmed a couple of weeks ago to an Mexican YouTube channel, after the Santa Cruz Vs Wood purse bids, that he was training to face Leigh Wood.

Rumours have suggested it will be Leigh Wood vs Mauricio Lara next with Nottingham Arena suddenly becoming available for Sep 24 after an hockey event was forced off the date due to another event planned for that date.

Santa Cruz will likely unify his WBA (Super) Featherweight title with WBC champion Rey Vargas on a PBC on Showtime/Fox card. Leigh Wood could be mandatory for the winner.

By Darshan Desai

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