Lee Purdy targets winner of all-British bout

Colchester's Lee Purdy

Colchester's Lee Purdy - Credit: Archant

Lee Purdy has told the EADT that he refuses to give up on his quest to become a world champion and is eyeing a quick-fire return to the ring.

The 26-year-old Colchester welterweight suffered a seventh-round stoppage at the hands of American, Devon Alexander, in Atlantic City last month, but has now targeted a bout against British champion Frankie Gavin or Commonwealth title holder Denton Vassell.

The duo clash at Liverpool Olympia on June 28 and with Purdy determined to stay in the thoughts of the game’s big hitters, an all-British clash, or a fight against another leading contender, would fit the bill.

Purdy, who lost on points to Vassell three years ago, was outclassed in his non-title fight against IBF champion Alexander, having failed to make the 10st 7lbs limit in Atlantic City, and was pulled out of the fight by his stand-in trainer, Darren Barker.

However, Purdy, who exited the fight in tears, suffered no ill-effects and is prepared to put himself back in the firing line.

“I am ready and raring to go again but my manager (Tony Sims) and team wanted me to have a rest after a couple of hard fights,” said Purdy, who successfully defended his IBF International title against Cosme Rivera, in March.

“Obviously, I would like to face the winner of Frankie Gavin and Denton Vassell but we will see what my management come up with and when they want me in the ring.

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“I don’t think I did my reputation any harm in America. I have an all-action style and people know I am prepared to take a fight at short notice.

“It could be a title eliminator next or a fight against a top-10 ranked opponent. I am prepared to put myself in a position where I can’t be avoided.”

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