By Charles Brun: Eddie Hearn is worked up about what he views as a “50-50” contest between WBA featherweight champion Leigh Wooden and former two-time 126-lb champion Josh Warrington this Saturday, October seventh on DAZN on the Sheffield Area in Sheffield, England.
Wooden (27-3,16 KOs) just lately recaptured the WBA title from Mauricio Lara in an odd state of affairs. The entire setup was disturbing. At any fee, Wooden bought his WBA title again, and he’ll be dealing with Warrington of their business-level battle. Hearn has already mentioned that if Wooden wins, he’ll possible vacate somewhat than face his necessary Otabek Kholmatov (11-0, 10KOs).
The Wooden-Warrington abomination will likely be proven live on DAZN at 2:00 p.m. ET & 7:00 p.m. PT within the UK. The primary occasion battle will happen round 5:00 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. within the UK.
Warrington (31-2-1, 8 KOs) will likely be backing into the competition after shedding his final battle towards Luis Alberto Lopez final December in Leeds. There’s knowledgeable wrestling side to the Wooden-Warrington battle.
If Warrington wins, don’t be stunned if there’s an automated rematch between the 2. It’s completely predictable and pathetic on the identical time as a result of the necessary Kholomatov would bypassed a second time.
“It’s a pure mega-fight for this nation. Whenever you speak about performances, once you speak about resume, once you speak about ticket gross sales, once you discuss in regards to the assist of town, once you carry too large fan bases collectively, you create an unbelievable ambiance and simply an unbelievable battle,” mentioned Eddie Hearn to the Matchroom Boxing channel on this Saturday’s contest between WBA featherweight champion Leigh Wooden and #7 Josh Warrington.
Hearn is decreasing the bar for what he considers to be a “mega-fight by referring to the Wooden vs. Warrington battle with that label as a result of subsequent to nobody is speaking about this battle.
Granted, a whole lot of that has to do with the issues performed of their final two fights, with Lara not being allowed to make weight to maintain his WBA belt and Warrington shedding his final battle. Wooden vs. Warrington appears to be like like a battle that was pressured into existence somewhat than one which deserved to happen.
“That is two British two-time world champions head-to-head. Josh Warrington making an attempt to change into a three-time world champion,” Hearn mentioned. “Whenever you speak about 50-50, it’s not possible to enter this battle with any excessive confidence of the winner.
“Whenever you break it down, it is dependent upon which facet you’re on,” mentioned Hearn. “If you happen to’re a Josh Warrington fan, you’re saying, ‘Is Leigh Wooden really that good? I keep in mind when he bought stopped by Gavin McDonnell, and he struggled at British stage. Yeah, he beat [Michael] Conlan, however he was behind. He bought dropped, after which he bought knocked out by [Mauricio] Lara or stopped towards Lara. I do know he received the rematch, however Lara missed weight and wasn’t the identical that night time.’
“If you happen to’re a Leigh Wooden fan, you’re saying, ‘No, no, no. He knocked out Conlan; he schooled Lara within the rematch; he punches very, very laborious; Josh Warrington is on the finish of his profession; Josh Warrington has pillow fists.’
“Then the Warrington fan comes again and says, ‘Leigh Wooden has no chin.’ I simply I simply suppose it’s going to be an absolute thriller. I believe Leigh Wooden has excessive energy; he has bought excessive confidence. He has bought Ben Davison, and the workforce simply making him tick in each single manner.
“Josh Warrington’s a tricky son of, and Josh Warrington’s work fee is unbelievable. I believe Josh Warrington’s chin is unbelievable as properly, and I believe Josh Warrington goes to try to stroll by on Saturday night time,” mentioned Hearn.