Date: 14th December 2013 at 12:22pm
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The last time we saw Lee Purdy in the ring the Essex fighter was being given a working over by Devon Alexander.

Purdy had stepped in to take a fight against Alexander after Kell Brook was forced to pull out through injury. However, unable to make the weight, Purdy wasn?t actually fighting for the world title and was, mercifully, pulled out of the fight in the middle rounds by hs stable-mate Darren Barker.

Tonight Purdy climbs back between the ropes hoping to take the European welterweight title off of the current champion Leonard Bundu. The champion is now 39 years of age but still remains a dangerous operator having stopped his last five opponents. So what does the challenger, some 13 years younger at 26, have to say about the fight, at the ExCel Arena,

‘If there was an opponent that I could choose stylistically, then Bundu would be it.?

‘It’s going to be a cracking fight for me and the fans and I’m just really looking forward to fighting now, putting on a big show and finishing off the year with a bang?

‘Obviously in my last fight against Devon Alexander I struggled with the weight a little bit but since then I’ve changed things and I’m a different fighter. You will see a different Lee Purdy on Saturday.?

‘I hope that I have taken enough from that fight to get me to the next level and prove a lot of doubters wrong.’

‘Saturday is a must win fight for me. He’s older, but a good name for me. He’s unbeaten, knows his way around the ring and stylistically I think it’s going to be a great fight. We both like to come and have a fight, so I think the fans are in for a treat.?

‘I have been in training for quite a while for this fight which meant I brought my weight down nice and slowly so I made the weight no problem. All the good preparation means that the crowd will see a different animal in there.?

‘When I win this European title it will shoot me up the rankings because of the title but also because Bundu is rated highly. So next year I’m going to be looking to fight myself into a position where champions are going to have to fight me.?

‘I believe that’s the level I should be operating at and I can’t wait to prove that to people. A win will go some way to starting to do that.?

‘I believe I’m in the best shape both physically and mentally. I’m going to finish the year on a high.’


Taking the European welterweight belt from Bundu would certainly be a great way to finish the year but here at Vital Boxing we reckon Purdy will have to be at the top of his game to pull it off, it?ll be close and it may go down to a split decision, but in favour of our man!