In another step of the World Boxing Association’s (WBA) world title reduction plan, the WBA Championships Committee ordered the bout between Featherweight Super Champion Leo Santa Cruz and champion Leigh Wood.
The goal is to have only one champion at 126 pounds and the winner of this bout will keep this distinction. Santa Cruz is the super champion of the category and reappeared in February when he defeated Keenan Carbajal in Las Vegas.
The Mexican must now face Wood, who comes from defending his championship against Michael Conlan last March 12, in Nottingham.
Both teams will have 30 days to negotiate the bout from the moment the communication was sent to them on Wednesday, April 6.
In case they do not reach an agreement or any of the parties refuses to close the negotiation, the WBA Championships Committee may open the bout to purse bid pursuant to its rules.