Purdy steps in for IBF title challenge

PUBLISHED: 08:30 02 May 2013

Lee Purdy

Lee Purdy

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East London manager Tony Sims has set up Lee Purdy with a chance to shock the boxing world when he challenges Devon Alexander for the IBF title in Atlantic City on May 18.

Sims has guided the 25-year-old welterweight from his novice days to title success and was offered the fight when Kell Brook was forced to pull out through injury.

Although he lost his British crown to Colin Lynes at York Hall in 2011, Purdy has bounced back with four straight wins inside the distance and said: “I’m gutted for Kell seeing all his work come to nothing because of injury, but when I win I will fight him back in the UK.

“Alexander may be a two-weight world champion, but he hasn’t stopped anyone at 147lbs so I believe I will be the stronger man and punch much harder than him. I’m going there to knock him out.”

■ Audley Harrison admits he could quit boxing after his latest defeat, a 70-second loss against American prospect Deontay Wilder in Sheffield on Saturday.

Former Repton Olympic gold medal hero Harrison, 41, had also suffered early defeats against David Haye and David Price and said: “I will have to think carefully before fighting again.”

■ European silver and Commonwealth gold medallist Iain Weaver outpointed Poland’s Damian Lawniczak on his overdue pro debut at York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Saturday.

Weaver has been training at Canning Town’s Trad TKO Gym, but has been refused a British licence because of a brain cyst. He gave a good performance to win on points on a show unsanctioned by the British Boxing Board of Control.

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