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Wood gets revenge over Lara to become a two-time world champ
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Leigh Wood is the WBA world featherweight champ once again
Leigh Wood is the WBA world featherweight champ once again

Leigh Wood regained the WBA world featherweight title with a unanimous decision over Mauricio Lara in Manchester. 

The fight was scored 118-109, 116-111, 118-109 in Wood's favour after he turned in a disciplined performance to nullify Lara, who had brutally stopped him in February.

After being crowned a two-time champ, he said: "What a feeling. I wasn't losing no matter what. 

"He's a great fighter. I'm here for hard fights, I'm here for fights that are nip and tuck.

"I may get beat but I'll come back and beat them. 

"The body jab was key to success. My team got it bang on so a massive thanks to them. They won this as well."

Lara boasted a 4lb advantage after Friday's dramatic weigh-in, when he failed to make the 9st limit and was stripped of his belt, with Wood opting to take the fight anyway. 

The Nottingham fighter, 34, made the most of that decision as he had Lara on the canvas in the second round with a right uppercut.

And he stayed on the attack, despite the Mexican opening a cut above his left eye in the fourth. 

Lara, behind on the cards, continued to target that eye but Wood kept dancing and was in control. 

The Brit struck his opponent with a powerful left hook to leave him wobbling in the 11th, when the outcome was effectively beyond doubt. 

And moments after the final bell rung, Wood jumped on the ropes to celebrate before the judges confirmed his victory.

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