Can Xu versus Leigh Wood breakdown

This is a decent fight due to Can Xu not having fought since 2019 and Leigh Wood having a style which could cause Xu problems. Can Xu won the WBA world (regular) title in early 2019 and made two defences in the same year. He hasn’t fought since then due to Covid and Josh Warrington losing. Leigh Wood won the British featherweight title recently in a good performance versus Reece Mould.

Can Xu doesn’t have much power but throws a huge amount of punches and overwhelms his opponents. I think his style leaves him open to power punchers with decent chins as he gives a lot of opportunities for fighters to hit him.

Leigh Wood has shown power at a domestic level and even hurt James Dickens who is now fighting for a world title. He lost that fight and was hurt badly but showed heart to stick it out and almost come out on top late. He was also hurt in the Reece Mould fight which makes me question his chin as hes been getting hurt by domestic opponents.

Leigh Wood

I think Can Xu will likely win a decision due to his volume punching or force a stoppage if he gets Wood hurt though I don’t see that happening. If Wood’s power is world class I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets an early stoppage as Can Xu hasn’t fought since 2019 and has a style open to big counters.


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