Purdy wants Gavin scrap

BRITISH welterweight champion Lee Purdy has revealed his desire to next year fight former world amateur champion “Fun-time” Frankie Gavin ahead of his title defence against Colin Lynes next month.

The Colchester fighter takes on the experienced Lynes, 33, at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on November 9.

And with Gavin primed for a British title eliminator showdown with Sheffield’s ex-light welterweight world champion Junior Witter early in the New Year, Purdy is hoping the two can go head-to-head in 2012.

Gavin fights French national champion Frank Haroche Horta on Friday in a defence of his WBO intercontinental welterweight title but has also lined up a bout against veteran Witter – a clash that has been listed as a final eliminator for Purdy’s belt by the British Boxing Board of Control.

“Providing everything goes right in my fight then I should fight Frankie which is a bout that the British public want,” said Purdy, the first British champion to hail from Colchester.

“I hope that Gavin can beat Witter as he has said a couple of things about fighting me and that is the fight I want.

“He is unbeaten and not much older than me. He should have too much for Witter, who has seen better days. It would be a great fight.”

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Before Purdy can look too far ahead, the 24-year-old has the small matter of taking care of Lynes, himself a former British and European champion at light-welterweight.

“It’s a great fight for me, Colin has been around a bit and been there and done it,” said Purdy, who is nicknamed “Lights-Out”.

“He is an out-and-out boxer who likes to throw punches but I do want to get to him and while I will be looking for a stoppage, I will look to wear him down and take it how it comes.

“Not only am I younger, I am fresher, stronger and hungrier.”

For tickets to the Purdy-Lynes fight, call 01277 359900.

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