Leigh Wood stuns Michael Conlan with dramatic 12th-round stoppage

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Leigh Wood produced one of the most stunning comebacks ever seen in a boxing ring as he retained his WBA featherweight crown with a gutsy last-round stoppage over Michael Conlan from Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, England.

After being dropped in the opening session and then hurt throughout the bout, Wood gave himself a fighting chance in the penultimate stanza as he dropped Conlan. It was a moment that would set up an unforgettable finish. 

With both fighters going on the attack in the final three minutes, Wood found the shot that he needed as he had Conlan on the ropes. The Irishman fell backwards between the ropes and landed just in front of those sitting ringside. Wood celebrated frantically, but his jovial mood was soon watered down as he demonstrated brilliant sportsmanship to show compassion for his opponent. 

Instead of focusing on a great fight, the immediate aftermath of a grueling battle turned to the welfare of Conlan. The outstanding amateur left the ringside area on a stretcher and the post-fight interviews centred on his recovery. 

The incident overshadowed a truly remarkable fight that will go down as one of the best ever inside a British ring. Conlan started superbly as he floored Wood with a well-placed left hand at the end of the opening round. His skills were on display throughout as he ran into a healthy lead, but the final two rounds, both belonging to Wood, were the key moments in a contest that had so many.  

Looking ahead, Wood can get excited about potential clashes with Josh Warrington, Kiko Martinez and Leo Santa Cruz. But, for now, like everyone else, his first priority will be the full recovery of Conlan. The challenger gave so much in a fantastic see-saw bout, and the entire boxing community are wishing him nothing but best wishes. 

Full updates from tonight's show can be found below.


Wood stops Conlan in final round

Incredible drama. What a fight. What a sport. Leigh Wood undoubtedly has produced the finish of the year. He's landed a shot that has put Conlan out of the ring. A stunning finish to a superb fight.

Wood vs. Conlan: Round 11

Drama in the 11th. Conlan goes down. He says it's a slip but the referee counts it. What does that mean for teh scorecards? 10-8 Wood.  

Wood vs. Conlan: Round Ten

Wood is still in this fight. He knows he's behind, and he's acting on it. He's had Conlan on the ropes several times, and this round, he made it count. Are we set for a huge finish? 10-9 Wood. 

Wood vs. Conlan: Round Nine

Conlan has gone back to his boxing. In the ninth stanza, the ferocity of earlier rounds was absent as Conlan got behind his jab and showed glimpses of his amateur pedigree. Wood needs to do something huge in the fight's last quarter. 10-9 Conlan.

Wood vs. Conlan: Round Eight

Incredible from both men. Wood shows huge bravery to stay in this fight, but he's eating too many shots. Conlan landed several significant shots, but Wood's industry throughout the round is enough to take the session. 10-9 Wood.

Wood vs. Conlan: Round Seven

A brilliant round. Big shots from both men and a solid exchange at the end has the crowd on their feet. Conlan just does enough to shade the session. 10-9 Conlan.

Wood vs. Conlan: Round Six

Wood is getting desperate, but he has to take risks. He had enough success in round six to edge it, but he's looking for one-shot rather than trying to box. 10-9 Wood. 

Wood vs. Conlan: Round Five

A good round for Conlan. He's attacking the body well, and Wood is feeling it. There were moments when Wood was holding on, but he's still in the fight. 10-9 Conlan.

Wood vs. Conlan: Round Four

Wood's best round. He managed to back Conlan onto the ropes and let his hands go. Not a lot landed, but it's the confidence boost that Wood needs. Can he have more success? 10-9 Wood.

Wood vs. Conlan: Round Three

Wood is having moments but not enough. Conlan is enjoying himself for long periods. His left hand from the southpaw stance has worked well for him all fight. 10-9 Conlan. 

Wood vs. Conlan: Round Two

Serious guts from Wood, who is hurt again in the round. He finishes the round strong as he attacks Conlan, but the earlier work from the challenger gives him the round. 10-9 Conlan. 

Wood vs. Conlan: Round One

Wood goes down. The Nottingham man was winning the round before walking into an incredible left hand from Conlan. What a start. 10-8 Conlan.  

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