Leigh Wood eager to follow in Carl Froch's footsteps
Super-bantamweight Leigh Wood is eager to emulate fellow Nottingham fighter Carl Froch by winning an English title when he faces Martin Ward in July.
Wood, who went to the same school as four-time world champion Froch, lost a British title fight to Gavin McDonnell last year.
But Wood can still mirror his idol by winning his first English belt at 26.
"It's a great starting point to follow Carl's footsteps," he told BBC East Midlands Today.
"It was the first belt he won. It would be good for Nottingham and Gedling as well."
Wood has knocked out seven opponents in 14 career wins, with his only defeat coming against McDonnell in 2014.
And he feels that he has learned a great deal since and will be ready for Ward when the date of the bout is confirmed for some time in July.
"Whether it's a British title fight, a world title fight, a loss in boxing is not like a loss in football," he said. "It's a lot worse, and a hard road back.
"But I've bounced back. I've gotten stronger and gained a lot of experience from it."
With Froch, 37, reportedly close to retirement after being stripped of his WBA super-middleweight belt, Gedling's Wood believes his fight against Ward will make or break his career.
Wood added: "This time it's a must-win fight for me."