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Michael Conlan to head for Nottingham for world title fight against Leigh Wood

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Michael Conlan will get his first taste at a world title fight in 2022

Michael Conlan will get his first taste at a world title fight in 2022

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Michael Conlan will get his first taste at a world title fight in 2022

Michael Conlan is set for his first world title fight in Nottingham, with BBC Sport Northern Ireland reporting that the Belfast man will take on Leigh Wood in the English city early next year.

The fight, which will be for the WBA featherweight title, is set to be scheduled for the Motorpoint Arena on March 12.

Conlan had originally wanted it to be in Madison Square Garden on St Patrick’s Day, however the report suggests that he has relented on that request and will instead fight closer to home.

New York was considered as the venue, as were Belfast and Manchester, but the fight looks set to instead go to Wood’s home city when promoters Matchroom Boxing confirm the details.

Conlan is looking to maintain his unbeaten professional record, which is now 18-0 after he defeated TJ Doheny in Falls Park in August, which earned him the WBA’s interim belt.

Facing him will be Wood, the 33-year-old making his first defence of the WBA title having won it against Xu Can in July.

The winner of the fight could be in line to face an old rival of Carl Frampton, Leo Santa Cruz, who currently holds the WBA’s ‘super champion’ belt, however Conlan has talked in the past about potentially switching weights.

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