Nathaniel Wood claimed that the motivation to move up a weight class came from a fight that was never scheduled. Wood was set to return to the ring for the first time in nearly a year and a half on the March show in London, but his opponent, Vince Morales, withdrew at the last minute.
“I’m feeling great, honestly. It’s just nice to be active. I’m back doing what I love to do,” Wood said.
“I haven’t got serious weight cuts where I have to put my life on hold for 12 weeks. Five weeks ago, I fought Charles Rosa, and now I’ve got Charles Jourdain.
“I think everything happens for a reason. I think the fight where I was meant to fight Vince Morales, and he pulled out – I think that was a sign to move up a weight. I think my performance against Charles Rosa was perfect. I don’t think I could’ve done better, other than getting the finish, of course. I think (moving to featherweight) was supposed to happen, and here we are now.”
“I’m just feeling excited,” Wood said.
“I’ve got an opponent who comes to bang. Stylistically, it’s a perfect matchup for me. It’s a perfect matchup for the fans, as well. … I think he’s a very talented fighter. Obviously, he’s ranked above me – that’s exactly what I want.
“The way I see it, I’ve got a three- to four-year period, I think now, where I’m going to be in my prime. So if there’s ever a time to take it up a notch and start chasing that belt, it’s now. Charles Jourdain, I think, is one of the best strikers in the division. I think a good win over him puts me maybe in that top 15 rankings. If it doesn’t, I’ll just keep knocking out whoever I’ve got and eventually I’ll get a shot.”
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