Leigh Wood vs. Mauricio Lara Preview and Free Pick

This Saturday, February 18th, we are going to the Nottingham Arena in Nottinghamshire. This time, Matchroom Boxing is getting ready to give us quite the fight, with 10 bouts and two title fights.

The main event of the night pits Leigh Wood and Mauricio Lara as they face off for the WBA World Featherweight Title.

This fight places the defending champion from the United Kingdom, who is now going to entertain his home crown against the Mexican Challenger, Mauricio “Bronco” Lara, who is just as experienced as the title and is coming into the fight with hunger.

With an exciting headliner title fight, we are all getting ready for this event to arrive. So, let’s get ready to break down things for this Saturday.


Saturday, February 18th at 2:00 pm ET at the Nottingham Arena in Nottinghamshire


(Expected) 5:30 pm ET

Moneyline odds: 

Leigh Wood +197 

Mauricio Lara -285

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Why Bet on Leigh Wood?

‘Leigh-thal’ is riding the crest of a wave right now and is on a magnificent knockout streak over high-quality opposition.

Leigh Wood claimed his WBA World Featherweight Title back in July 2021 with a sensational performance against Can Xu. 

Since then, Wood has had just one fight but it was arguably the best fight on UK soil last year. 

The 34-year-old claimed a stunning last-gasp knockout in the very last round against Michael Conlan, knocking the Irishman out cold on the ring.

Why Bet on Mauricio Lara

Mauricio Lara of course is well known to UK fight fans as the man who handed Josh Warrington the first defeat of his career. 

Lara was an unknown fighter coming over from Mexico back in 2021, but shot to the world level with a completely one-sided beatdown of the ‘Leeds Warrior’.

Final Betting Analysis – Leigh Wood vs. Mauricio Lara

These two men are widely regarded as two of the biggest punchers in the 126-pound division which makes for an eye-catching fight this weekend.

The Mexican is a big puncher and goes for the knockout every time, but has a poor defense which we can see Wood exploiting. 

Lara is very rash and impetuous, and just like Wood did with Conlan in his last fight, we can see him grinding this one out and securing another massive win.

Leigh Wood is in the form of his life right now, and we think he will continue to show why he is one of the best featherweights in the world.

Go for a win for the local fighter. If you bet $100 at +197 you could get $197 for a total payout of $297.

Wood vs. Lara Betting Pick: Leight Wood

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