WBA featherweight champion Leigh Wood pulled off another stunner on Saturday night, when he came from behind to stop Josh Warrington in the seventh round of their Sheffield showdown.
After appearing to be weight drained and consistently outlanded by the faster and more active Warrington, Wood pulled off another dramatic ending when he connected with a series of heavy blows to send Warrington down on his back at the end of the seventh round.
Warrington began to walk back to his corner on unsteady legs and ignored the instructions of the referee – who felt he had no choice but to wave off the fight.
Warrington, who was attempting to become a three-division world champion, felt he should have been allowed to continue.
“I just feel a bit hard done by, it was the end of round, get to my feet, look at my dad with a smile on my face, turn round at (the count of) eight and it’s being waved off,” Warrington said.
Eddie Hearn, who promotes both men, would be interested in staging a rematch at the City Ground.
According to Hearn, the referee explained that he waved off the fight when Warrington failed to turn around when instructed.
“It’s going to take a big fight for Leigh Wood at the City Ground,” Hearn said. “I want to see the fight back.
“If Josh would have turned round, they would have 100 percent let the fight carry on. If the ref did call it off at eight, it was too early because he should have given him the opportunity to turn around.
“The ref said to me ‘he wouldn’t turn round and if he doesn’t turn round I can’t let him continue’. When you look at frontrunners for sizes of fights at the City Ground, I think the rematch is probably the biggest one.”