The first stop for the presentation of the fight between Leigh Wood and Michael Conlan was on Wednesday in Nottingham, United Kingdom, but just as they visited the home of the World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion, it was also the turn to go to Belfast, Northern Ireland, birthplace of the challenger.
Both press conferences have had one constant and that is the exchange of words between both boxers. A great rivalry has been created for the fight that will take place next March 12, in Nottingham, and the expectations for the confrontation are high.
Wood feels that his previous opponents have been tougher than his challenger and that he has had to work hard to get to where he is.
“I’ve done this from the bottom to the top. He’s never been in a 50/50 fight,” said champion Wood at the press conference.
Conlan, who has looked very animated and confident was in front of his home crowd and showed his charismatic side as he subtly attacked Wood.
“This guy doesn’t understand pressure. His demeanor has changed even since yesterday,” said the Irishman.
The fight looks very evenly matched and could be one of the most eye-catching fights of the year in terms of action. The Irish media estimates that some 4,000 people will travel to see the undefeated fighter seek the title against the Englishman, so the atmosphere on March 12 will be incredible in Nottingham.