Purdy is back with a bang

PUBLISHED: 12:07 22 March 2012

Lee Purdy

Lee Purdy

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After losing his British welterweight title to local rival Colin Lynes in November, Lee Purdy bounced back in style to claim the vacant English belt with a fifth-round stoppage of Nottingham’s Adnan Amar in Sheffield on Saturday.

Local welterweight rivals Lynes and Purdy produced a contest rated as the ‘fight of the year’ at York Hall, but loser Purdy became a winner again on Saturday, taking the belt with a fine victory on the big Matchroom show in Sheffield.

Amar opened the bout confidently, scoring with his effective southpaw blows, but the dangerous Purdy was biding his time until he opened out with powerful rights in the third round which dropped his rival.

The northern fighter climbed back upright but never really recovered as he took more solid shots in the round that followed as Purdy, determined to get back to winning form, maintained the pressure.

A left hook early in the fifth round had Amar in more trouble and after Purdy found the target with more big rights, the Nottingham fighter took another count and was finally rescued by referee Marcus McDonnell.

There was another victory for the local gym boxers guided by trainer/manager Tony Sims, when middleweight prospect John Ryder made it 10 straight wins as he outpointed Huddersfield’s Alistair Warren in a tough eight-round contest.

Hard-hitting Ryder had Warren bleeding from the mouth as early as the second round and continued to hand out the punishment as he landed solid hooks against a game rival.

Warren soaked up the blows and kept trying to fight back, but was given just a single round on the official scorecard of referee Mike Alexander, which showed Ryder winning 79-74.

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