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Wood grateful for Reds backing

15 May 2019

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Leigh Wood said the support he received from Nottingham Forest fans was unbelievable as he retained his Commonwealth featherweight title last weekend.

The Nottingham-born boxer defeated Ryan Doyle in the 10th round of the bout at the Motorpoint Arena and Forest fan Wood was delighted with the backing of The Reds supporters.

He said: “It was incredible. The reception I got I didn’t expect. I had been there supporting Carl Froch the first time he headlined at the arena and it wasn’t that busy. It was my first time there in a big fight so thank you for the support.

“I didn’t expect that many Forest fans there. I come down and support the club a lot and after the fight, that is when I knew. All of the noise all night had been from the Forest lot so thanks again for getting behind me and hopefully there are some crazy nights ahead.

“I knew I was going to get rounds in the bank, he is a tough kid. He said before the fight that he was coming to get his title back, he was at his best and I had to expect that. “I knew that he could take a shot, I had to break him down over the distance and I think I did that well. I made him miss, I took it out of his tank and when I finally relaxed, I took my openings and closed the show.”

Wood has his eyes set on a future fight at The City Ground but knows he still has work to do to reach that stage.

He said: “There are bigger fights for me to come, hopefully the next one back at the arena, then who knows. If I keep winning and doing everything right myself then one day I can find myself at The City Ground for a world title fight.”

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