Boxing - Purdy fails to make weight for world title shot

Lee 'Lights' Out Purdy has failed to make the 147lb limit for tomorrow's fight with IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander in Atlantic City.

Boxing - Purdy fails to make weight for world title shot

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Lee Purdy (Matchroom press release)

At the weigh-in, Purdy was 1lb over at 148, and given two hours to shift the excess, which he couldn't, weighing 147.8lbs. Alexander came in at 146.7lbs.

Matchroom's Barry Hearn told ESPN's Dan Raphael: ""We came clean and talked to (Alexander promoter) Golden Boy and agreed to a financial penalty. Golden Boy was kind enough to give us this opportunity. He wasn't going to turn the fight down. He trained the best he could. He tried to lose the weight, but I thought enough is enough. I wasn't prepared for him to do more. The health of the fighter is paramount."

This is the second consecutive fight where he has been unable to make 147lbs - Purdy was 1lb 12 ounces over for his last fight with Cosme Rivera, and was stripped of the IBF Inter Continental belt as a result. Purdy went on to knock Rivera out in the ninth round.

Although the match goes ahead, the IBF welterweight title will stay with Alexander.  Should Purdy win, he will become the mandatory challenger. If Alexander wins, the fight will count as his first defence of the title he won in October and will also satisfy his mandatory obligation.

Purdy, from Colchester, took the fight at four weeks notice after mandatory challenger Kell Brook  pulled out injured with a fractured left foot.

He will now forfeit ten per cent of his $150,000 purse; half goes to Alexander, half to the New Jersey Commission.

Hearn said:  "These things happen. At least there's still fight.  He's a good kid and a consummate pro, but there was nothing left for him to take off.

"Now he's got to go out there and make a name for himself."

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