What’s Going On With The WBA Featherweight Championship?

Last night’s headline fight in the Featherweight division saw Leigh Wood (28-3) defend his WBA crown against Josh Warrington (31-3-1). In the immediate aftermath of the bout, both Leigh Wood and his promoter Eddie Hearn announced Wood’s intention to move up in weight division. Wood intends to move up to Super Featherweight having been tight at the weight for years. Josh Warrington also stated he intends to move up in weight as well.

The winner of Wood vs Warrington was ordered by the WBA to face mandatory challenger Otabek Kholmatov (11-0), with Eddie Hearn having sought special dispensation for Leigh Wood to have a voluntary bout before his mandatory one. With Wood announcing his intention to take a break having had 3 fights in 8 months, as well as moving up in weight division, the chances of him facing Otabek Kholmatov in the next four months are extremely slim to none.

Otabek Kholmatov will challenge for the WBA Featherweight Championship should Wood fail to agree to a fight, or vacate, and WBA number 2 contender Raymond Ford (14-0-1) will step up to challenge him.

You can read more about what is happening with the other 3 Featherweight Championships here
You can read about Wood vs Warrington’s bout here

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