Leigh Wood remains Leigh-thal in Nottingham
Wincobank trainer Dominic Ingle says unbeaten trio Jordan Gill, Sam O'Maison and Leigh Wood are known as 'The Three Amigos' in the gym. Six days after Gill and O'Maison extended their unbeaten records, the third amigo, Gedling's Leigh 'Leigh-thal' Wood (11-0) was in action at the Clifton Leisure Centre on Friday, forcing Brazilian Genilson De Jesus Santos to retire in the third round.
After Ashley Lane pulled out of a scheduled Midlands title fight, matchmaker Jason McClory put together the fight for the vacant International Masters super-bantamweight title. Santos came with an impressive-looking 23-5 (22) slate, compiled mainly in South America, but Wood was too powerful and forced him to retire after three one-sided rounds.
Santos has an awkward, hands high style and Wood, who walked to the ring wearing a sombrero, had a look for a minute or so before opening him up with body shots. In the final minute of the round, Leigh switched his attack upstairs and planted a slashing right hand to the jaw. The Brazilian's did well to survive until the bell.
Santos started to lose ambition in the second and with little coming back at him, Wood did as he pleased, switching stances and bringing ‘ooohs’ from the crowd with corkscrew shots and uppercuts. Santos was sent to his knees late in the third by a chopping right hand. He was up at eight, but pulled out by his corner.
Another unbeaten Ingle fighter. Rotherham’s Atif Shafiq (6-0) made it six straight wins with a six-twos shut out over Dewsbury journeyman Youssef Al-Hamidi (12-61-3). 19 year old Shafiq had Al-Hamidi in some discomfort with body shots and was a 59-55 points winner.
Newark light-welterweight Fergus Taylor (4-0) was too big and too fresh for hard-as-nails Glaswegian Ryan McNicol (4-30-3) in a four threes. McNicol felt body punches, but, as usual, the Scot toughed it out to hear the final bell.
In the show opener, referee Grant Wallis couldn't separate Nottinghamshire light-middleweights Terry Maughan (7-4-1) and Nathan Capeness (0-2-1), scoring the fight 39-39. Capeness, cheered on by ex-British cruiserweight champion Shane McPhilbin, is now without a win in three fights.
Derbyshire’s Gordon Watson (4-0) has a minor title fight to look forward to after outpointing Croydon’s Joe Walsh (1–10-2) over four threes. Watson didn't have things all his own way - his nose was bloodied in the last, but the Belper boxer won 39-37 and now meets Jake Dyer for the vacant British Masters Bronze super-middleweight title in Newark on Sunday, November 17.