Wood last competed in March 2022, securing an incredible comeback win against Michael Conlan by knocking the challenger through the ropes in the final round. With that result, Wood (26-2, 16 KOs) retained the WBA belt and made it three knockout wins in a row, sending the Nottingham crowd into a frenzy.
And the 34-year-old returns to the Motorpoint Arena on Saturday to put the gold on the line against Lara (25-2-1, 18 KOs).
The Mexican, who is 10 years the champion’s junior, is seeking a first world title and a third straight stoppage victory.
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When is it?
Wood vs Lara is set to take place on Saturday 18 February at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham.
The main card is scheduled to begin at 7pm GMT, with ring walks for the main event due at 11pm.
How can I watch it?
The event will be streamed live in the UK and worldwide exclusively on DAZN, a subcription to which is available here.
Wood – 11/5
Lara – 4/11
Draw – 14/1
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