Wayne Alexander (Former European welterweight champion)
I anticipate it to be an excellent, hard-fought contest and may see a method for each to win. It’s important to give the utmost credit score to Wooden for taking a tough defence when it’s not a compulsory. He has the higher boxing capability and is an effective punch-picker. He’s additionally taller with an extended attain. However I imagine that Lara has a method suited to an extended and exhausting 12-rounder and will likely be placing Wooden below numerous strain together with his heavy hitting from the mid rounds to outwork Leigh. I see Lara profitable on factors or by late stoppage – if his eye doesn’t open up prefer it did towards Josh Warrington
Jason Cunningham (Former European super-bantamweight champion)
I see it ending by KO. I feel it’ll be an incredible struggle whereas it lasts. They’ll each punch and each have loads of coronary heart. Leigh must be sensible as we all know Lara may be very harmful. I’m tipping Wooden to do the job however am anticipating a cracker.
Dave Allen (Heavyweight contender)
I feel Lara wins by stoppage. I’ve written Leigh off quite a few instances earlier than and been confirmed fallacious each time, however I simply suppose Lara is about as sturdy and highly effective as any featherweight on the planet proper now.
Declan Warrington (Journalist)
Leigh Wooden’s able to punching with Mauricio Lara – and at some stage he’s sure to, which is partly why this struggle’s so interesting. He’s the extra rounded of the 2 – he’s a greater boxer than Michael Conlan allowed him to look – so he’ll win the rounds they don’t spend buying and selling, however they’ll probably commerce repeatedly, and after they do Lara’s simply as able to hurting him. Wooden’s the slender favorite however Lara has higher momentum and will make that work for him.