Date: 19th May 2013 at 12:11pm
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Over in Atlantic City, in the early hours of this morning, Lee Purdy put on a brave display against Devon Alexander before eventually seeing the fight stopped in round seven.

With the fight down-graded from its world title status, due to Purdy just failing to make the 147 pound weight limit, the Colchester boxer was to learn that the gap between a decent domestic / European fighter and the world stage, is a big gap to close with his own corner pulling him out after the seventh round to save him from taking further punishment.

Speaking about a night that didn?t live up to his expectations, Purdy commented after the bruising encounter,

‘I was gutted [about being pulled out]. But I have to respect my corner’s decision.’

‘I’d have stayed in there till the end, without doubt. I live to fight another day, but I’m devastated at the moment.’

?I knew the weight, I knew the fitness… I knew everything was going to be an uphill struggle but it was something I couldn’t turn down – fighting a world-class fighter. ?

‘I just couldn’t get in my groove tonight. The better man won on the night.’


Indeed he did, Alexander was quicker to the punch and even though the American appeared to pick up a hand injury in the opening round, Purdy was never really in the fight. In fact, here at Vital Boxing, we reckon that Darren Barker, in Purdy?s corner, did the right thing in throwing in the towel.

Speaking about saving his fighter from further punishment, Darren remarked afterwards,

‘He’s one of my good friends. I’m thinking of his interests.?

‘Why would I want him to get dragged out of there? He’s a young man with a big future ahead of him. He put in a fantastic effort – you’ve just found out what Lee’s all about.?

‘But this is a sport – you’ve got to think of his health, first and foremost. He’s in there with a great champion and he did us all so proud.’


He did and Lee is young enough to take the whole experience on board and come again.

As for Alexander, the stoppage sees his record move to 25 wins from 26 fights.