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NEXT FIGHT ALERT! 22nd Feb 2014 Hull Sports Arena
After a successful amateur career Leigh Wood made the transition into professional boxing on the 28th October in Nottingham 2011.
The 24 year-old who will be fighting at super-bantamweight hails from Gedling, Nottingham but makes the trip up to Sheffield to get his training where he shares the gym with some top quality fighters.
What made you want to start boxing?
As a young boy I used to love the Rocky films, watching them countless times. I started boxing at ten years old but didn’t have a bout until I was twelve. I followed a group of mates who started going but when they moved on to their next fad I just continued. Then my friends mum used to take me but things became a bit more serious when I began training with Marc Anderson at the Phoenix ABC and spent five years under him. He was a very good coach and taught me the basics that still hold me in good stead today.
Did you have a boxing idol when you were younger?
I liked a few fighters growing up but Eric Morales was my main inspiration even to date. I’ve spent a lot of time around Carl Froch at Phoenix as it’s the club where he too first started out, watching him progress to where he is today has been amazing. Now my real inspiration comes from fighters at the same gym as me who have been to the top or on their way to the top. I train in Sheffield now despite being a Nottingham lad so I’m in the gym with the likes of Kell Brook, Junior Witter, Richard Towers and my sparring partner Kid Galahad.
Did you do much amateur boxing?
I had 62 amateur fights, winning 46 of them. I really did get burnt by a few dodgy decisions but they were all part of learning and don’t regret anything. I also had many internationals and was part of the GB squad for a short while in Sheffield when we beat the USA, Ireland and Sweden. I won a Junior ABA title and have reached the ABA senior semi finals in the last two competitions.
Do you see a difference in the pro and amateur codes?
I feel there’s such a big difference between the amateur and professional sports especially once you start doing six rounds. The strategy and game plans then play a massive part and executing the strategies to perfection on the night is key. I feel my style is suited to the pros as I’m a thinker in the boxing ring.
What sort of fighting style do you have?
I don’t think there’s really anyone with a style like mine, but i do abstract certain things from boxers I like to watch such as Morales, Froch and even the late Johnny Owen. Whenever boxing is on TV I’m watching it and learning from it, if i see something that may work in my favour I like to try it in sparring and see what happens.
What ambitions/expectations do you have for your pro career?
I’ve told my family and friends I want to earn a British title outright, this means a lot to me but my main ambition is to keep improving and inspire other young lads to take up the sport, everything else is a bonus.