Mauricio Lara vs Leigh Wood rematch in jeopardy and Lara looks likely to be stripped of WBA featherweight world title after bizarre weigh-in controversy

The Mauricio Lara vs Leigh Wood rematch was hit by bizarre drama at Friday’s weigh-in.

Following a high weight check on Wednesday, the BBBofC (British Boxing Board of Control) decided that it would not be safe for Lara to try and make the 126lbs featherweight limit.

Wood made weight at 125.9lbs


Wood made weight at 125.9lbsCredit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom
Because of the situation, Lara came in 3.9lbs heavier at 129.8lbs


Because of the situation, Lara came in 3.9lbs heavier at 129.8lbsCredit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom
The pair shook hands after their final face-off


The pair shook hands after their final face-offCredit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom
Lara knocked Wood out in their first fight and the Brit wants his belt back


Lara knocked Wood out in their first fight and the Brit wants his belt backCredit: Getty

As such, they ruled that he would not be able to come in any lighter than 128.5lbs.

In normal circumstances, a fighter coming in overweight would be stripped of his world title, leaving it vacant unless he is beaten in the fight by the challenger who would then take it.

However it’s unclear if Lara will lose his WBA featherweight belt by default as he is arguing that he was not allowed the opportunity to make the 126lbs limit.

He ultimately came in at 129.8lbs on Friday.

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Meanwhile, Wood has made the championship limit and came in at 125.9lbs – clearly putting him at a disadvantage, but meaning that he can still win the world title if he wins the fight.

The WBA will now make their own ruling on the situation, but there is jeopardy that the fight may not take place as Wood’s trainer Ben Davison has indicated he may pull his man out.

Promoter Eddie Hearn explained: “Over the last couple of days obviously with both fighters making championship weight, at the BBBofC check weight on fight week they weren’t happy with Lara’s weight at the time.

“They eventually made the decision that Lara cannot weight less than 128.5lbs on the scales.

“They were happy with Wood’s weight and he is allowed to make championship weight, he can win the world title on Saturday night.

“The WBA will make their own individual ruling.

“As we know normally if a championship fighter doesn’t make championship weight they will lose the belt on the scales and the belt will become vacant.”

Wood’s trainer Davison reacted: “Realistically this shouldn’t be happening, should it?

“It’s a disgrace to be honest. It’s an absolute shamebles

“Leigh was already on championship weight by the time we know what weight he [Lara] is looking to come in at…

“We’re gonna have to have a look at the situation and go from there.

“I can’t sit here and say we 100 per cent rule out the fight not taking place tomorrow. I can’t say that.

“It’s a discussion I’ve gotta have with Leigh.”