Mauricio Lara stripped of title before Leigh Wood rematch amid weigh-in drama

“The WBA have just confirmed to me: The belt is vacant.

“Leigh Wood decided, because his weight was fine, ‘I’m making championship weight; I’m winning a world title on Saturday night.’

“[Lara] feels a little bit hard done by, because he says he could have made weight and he wasn’t allowed to try and make weight. But ultimately, the board decided that he was too heavy at that point during the week to safely make championship weight.”

Wood’s trainer Ben Davison came in for criticism in February, after he threw in the towel with six seconds left in Round 7, despite Wood beating the referee’s count after a knockdown.

Wood, fighting in his hometown of Nottingham, was leading the fight up until that point.

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