Belts on The Line
Tape rankings @ Featherweight
Who won Xu vs Wood?
Leigh Wood beat Can Xu by technical knockout in the 12th round on Saturday 31st July 2021 at Matchroom Fight Camp in Essex.
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 WBA featherweight championship of the world.
Also, on the undercard Tommy McCarthy was defeated by Chris Billam-Smith for the CBC Commonwealth Cruiserweight and BBBOC British Cruiserweight championship, Anthony Fowler beat Rico Mueller and Avni Yildirim was overcome by Jack Cullen.
Xu vs Wood stats
Can Xu stepped into the ring with a record of 18 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, 3 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Leigh Wood made his way to the ring with a record of 24 wins, 2 loses and 0 draws, with 14 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Wood had a massive power advantage over Xu, boosting at 58% knock out percentage over Xu's 17%.
Can Xu was the younger man by 6 years, at 27 years old.
Both Can Xu & Leigh Wood fought out of an orthodox stance.
Xu was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 6 less fights, and made his debut in 2013, 2 year later than Wood, whose first professional fight was in 2011. He had fought 46 more professional rounds, 178 to Wood's 132.
Leigh Wood was ranked number 12 by the WBA and 13 by the IBF in the 126lb division.
Xu vs Wood form
Xu had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 3 of them, going the distance twice.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Manny Robles III on 23rd November 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBA World Featherweight championship fight at Fantasy Springs Casino, California, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Shun Kubo on 26th May 2019 by technical knockout in the 6th round in their WBA World Featherweight championship fight at Fuzhou, China.
Going into that contest, he had won against Jesus M Rojas on 26th January 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBA World Featherweight championship fight at Toyota Center, Texas, United States.
Before that, he had beat Jelbirt Gomera on 27th July 2018 by technical knockout in the 7th round at Qingdao Guosen Gymnasium, Qingdao, China.
He had defeated Nehomar Cermeno on 3rd October 2017 by technical knockout in the 7th round at Gym of Datong University, Datong.
Leigh Wood had stopped 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, 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, United Kingdom.
Previous to that, 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.
Going into that contest, he had won against David Oliver Joyce on 4th October 2019 by technical knockout in the 9th round at York Hall, London.
Before that, 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.
Hehad beat Abraham Osei Bonsu on 2nd March 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round in their CBC Commonwealth Featherweight championship fight at East of England Arena, Cambridgeshire.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Leigh Wood had been fighting more than Can Xu.
Going to this contest, Can Xu had last fought 1 year, 11 months and 1 day ago, while Leigh Wood's last outing had been 8 months and 11 days ago.
Xu's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years and 21 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 23 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 44 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8.8 rounds on average.
Wood's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 7 months and 22 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 12 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 40 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 8 rounds on average.
What time did Xu vs Wood start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:15 PM BST at Matchroom Fight Camp, Essex, 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 Xu vs Wood?
Can Xu was a (+100) underdog going into the contest, while Leigh Wood made his way into the ring at (+100) with oddsmakers.