Belts on The Line
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Who won Wood vs Conlan?
Leigh Wood beat Michael Conlan by technical knockout in the 12th round on Saturday 12th March 2022 at Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Featherweight division, which meant the weight limit was 126 pounds (9 stone or 57.1 KG).
This contest was for the vacant WBA featherweight championship of the world.
The undercard featured the clash of Cully vs Vazquez.
Wood vs Conlan stats
Back in March 2022, Leigh Wood stepped into the ring with a record of 25 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 15 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Michael Conlan made his way to the ring with an unblemished record of 16 wins and 0 draws, with 8 of those by knock out.
The stats suggested Wood had a slight advantage in power over Conlan, with a 60% knock out percentage over Conlan's 50%.
Leigh Wood was the older man by 3 years, at 34 years old.
Conlan had a height advantage of 1 inch over Wood. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Both Leigh Wood & Michael Conlan fought out of an orthodox stance.
Wood was the more experienced professional fighter, having had 11 more fights, and made his debut in 2011, 5 years and 4 months earlier than Conlan, whose first professional fight was in 2017. He had fought 27 more professional rounds, 170 to Conlan's 143.
Michael Conlan was ranked number 1 by the WBA in the 126lb division.
Wood vs Conlan form
Leigh Wood had stopped 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Can Xu on 31st July 2021 by technical knockout in the 12th round in their WBA World Featherweight championship fight at Matchroom Fight Camp, Essex, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had won against Reece Mould on 13th February 2021 by technical knockout in the 9th round in their BBBOC British Featherweight championship fight at Wembley (SSE) Arena, London.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Jazza Dickens on 21st February 2020 by majority decision in their CBC Commonwealth Featherweight championship fight at York Hall, London.
Before that, he had beat David Oliver Joyce on 4th October 2019 by technical knockout in the 9th round at York Hall, London.
He had defeated Ryan Doyle on 10th May 2019 by knockout in the 10th round in their CBC Commonwealth Featherweight championship fight at Nottingham Arena, Nottinghamshire.
Conlan had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 2 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had won against TJ Doheny on 6th August 2021 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Falls Park, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, he had won against Ionut Baluta on 30th April 2021 by majority decision in their 12 round contest at York Hall, London.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Sofiane Takoucht on 15th August 2020 by technical knockout in the 10th round at BT Sport Studio, London.
Before that, he had beat Vladimir Nikitin on 14th December 2019 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Madison Square Garden, New York, United States.
He had won against Diego Alberto Ruiz on 3rd August 2019 by technical knockout in the 9th round at Marquee, Falls Park, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Michael Conlan had been fighting more than Leigh Wood.
Going to this contest, Leigh Wood had last fought 7 months and 9 days ago, while Michael Conlan's last outing had been 7 months and 6 days ago.
Wood's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 10 months and 2 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 26 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 50 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10 rounds on average.
Conlan's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 7 months and 9 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 9 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 53 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 10.6 rounds on average.
What time did Wood vs Conlan start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:15 PM GMT at Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, United Kingdom, which was 5:15 PM EST or 2:15 PM PST on the West Coast of America.
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What were the odds on Wood vs Conlan?
Leigh Wood was a 3/2 (+150) underdog going into the contest, while Michael Conlan made his way into the ring at 53/100 (-190) with oddsmakers.