Briton Leigh Wood defeated Chinese Xu Can by K.-O. technique in the 12th round to steal his WBA featherweight title on Saturday in England.

Wood (25-2, 15 KOs) forced the referee to step in, attacking Xu (18-3, 3 KOs) relentlessly in the 12th.

Xu, winner of his last 15 fights, was trying to defend his title for the third time. He suffered his first defeat since 2014.