Boxing - Rivera replaces Jones to fight Purdy

Cosme Rivera will fight Lee Purdy for the IBF International welterweight title at Wembley Arena on Saturday following Carson Jones’ withdrawal due to illness.

Boxing - Purdy fails to make weight for world title shot

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Lee Purdy (Matchroom press release)

Former world title challenger Rivera is well known to the UK when his last visit ended in an exciting KO victory over James Hare for the WBF welterweight title.

Rivera went on to fight some big names in the division including Andre Berto, Alfredo Angulo and a unified World title challenge against Zab Judah.

“We’re disappointed to hear the news late last night that Carson was unable to make his flight over to the UK due to illness,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.

“We know how he feels because Lee was in the same situation in fight week in December for their previously cancelled clash.

“We worked tirelessly last night and were delighted to secure Rivera who was approved by the IBF as a suitable contender. Both have explosive styles and we expect a great fight on Saturday.”

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