Leo Santa Cruz Relinquishes WBA Title, Leigh Wood Gets Elevated

He is now the sole champion in the WBA's division.

Mexican professional boxer Leo Santa Cruz has vacated his 126-lb “Super” title.

The World Boxing Association revealed this news shortly before Leigh Wood (26-2, 16 KOs) became the sole WBA featherweight champion.

The 34-year-old Wood is currently the only champion in that organization at featherweight.

Wood’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, said on Saturday that Wood will defend his WBA belt against Mauricio Lara (25-2-1, 18 KOs) in Nottingham in 2024. The British boxer had already planned to take on Lara but decided against it due to an arm injury.

However, the 24-year-old Lara doesn’t believe that Wood was injured. He thinks that the 34-year-old backed off because he didn’t want to face him.

Lara has all the attributes that you can dream of for a professional boxer. He is quick, tough, and mentally very strong and can prove to be a nightmarish matchup for Wood.

The former Commonwealth featherweight title holder survived a scare against Michael Conlan last March before securing victory with a 12th-round knockout.

Hearn may have to decide against the potential Wood-Lara fight as Wood is the only WBA 126-lb champion. The promoter said last Saturday that he wanted the Britisher to line up against either Josh Warrington or newly crowned IBF champion Luis Alberto Lopez.

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