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Gedling-born boxer Leigh Wood promises fans ‘night to remember’ ahead of Conlan bout

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Gedling-born boxer Leigh Wood has promised fans a night to remember when he defends his WBA featherweight title against Michael Conlan in Nottingham this March.

The fighters will meet at the city’s Motorpoint Arena on March 12

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Wood is hoping he can end Conlan’s unbeaten record.

He told BBC Sport: “”It’s going to mean everything (to headline). I’ve wanted to do that since I was 10 years old.

“My profile has kind of grown overnight since my last fight. It’s going to be special for me and it’ll be a night I’ll remember for a long time.”

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Wood won the title with a 12th-round stoppage of China’s Xu Can last summer to improve his record to 25 victories in 27 contests.

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn says he believes big things beckon for Wood.

“The atmosphere is going to be unbelievable. Leigh is on the brink of becoming a big, big name in the sport and (this could) probably open doors to a big fight at the City Ground as well,” said Hearn.

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Conlan, from Belfast, has won all 18 fights and Wood said: “He was a good amateur. He’s not done too bad as a pro, he’s been looked after a little bit but he is good, he is skilful, and I’ve got to be careful.

“He’s slippery, he’s good at adjusting but there’s a lot of things for me to capitalise on and explore and I’m going to do that.”

He added: “I’m getting the win regardless, but I do think I’ll get him out of there. What we’re working on, the strategy, how that affects the fight, will get me over the line.”

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