Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Hearn: Lee Purdy Could Hit The Jackpot With Upset Win

By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

LEE PURDY can go from unlicensed brawler to ­millionaire if he stuns Devon Alexander in ­Atlantic City tonight.

The unknown Colchester boxer is given little chance against the IBF welterweight champion in his shock world title challenge.

Promoters Golden Boy wanted the winner to defend against Amir Khan on December 7, meaning a massive payday. Because Purdy failed to make weight, a victory tonight would cause the title to become vacant. But Purdy would fight for the vacant belt with the upset win, and Khan could be in the other corner.

Purdy, 25, stepped in at four weeks’ notice after Kell Brook injured a foot and didn’t even ask how much he would earn.

Tonight he will pocket around £100,000 but promoter Eddie Hearn said: “It would be huge if Lee could win it – it’s a golden opportunity.

“There would be plenty of ­options and it would mean that we could do what we want.

“It would mean that Lee would have a mandatory defence and the prospect of a seven-figure payday against Kell Brook, Amir Khan, who knows?”

Purdy had just six amateur bouts at the age of 11 and took part in three underground contests in his late teens before being persuaded to turn professional.

The ex-British champion, who has won 20 of his 24 pro fights, said: “There are a lot of big fights for me when I become a world champion.

“If there was one fight I’d love it would be against Amir Khan. That would be a dream come true.”

Purdy has never boxed abroad ­before but fears that his chances of Stateside success will fade unless the referee stops his American ­opponent’s habit of holding.

He said: “I’ve watched him and he holds a lot. When he gets close to me of course he’s going to want to hold and I’m not going to stop punching until he lets go.

“America’s going to enjoy my style. I’ve come to fight for three minutes of every round.

“They’re going to expect me to put pressure on Devon and of course I’m not going to sit back.

“I’m going to put my heart and soul into this fight and come out ­victorious.”

Purdy is tough and may last the distance but Alexander, 26, should win clearly on points.

ROTHERHAM’S Neil Dawson is the man to beat in the latest Prizefighter cruiserweight war at York Hall in Bethnal Green tonight.

Dawson, 32, who has delayed a British title challenge to chase the £32,000 winner’s cheque, warned his seven rivals: “My fights are always wars.

“I like to get stuck in and fight so this suits me down to the ground.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by EvilGenius on 05-18-2013

The only thing he is going to Hit... is the CANVAS.. Probably.

Comment by PrinceNaz88 on 05-18-2013

Agree with Ray, only way Purdy would get a fight with Brook or Khan is if he had the belt to basically hand it over to them.. Shame he couldn't make weight but I always thought he would fight it…

Comment by Ray* on 05-18-2013

[QUOTE=IronDanHamza;13385776]It's a damn site more then he's ever dreamed that he would make. And I suppose Khan's another option, another big imaginary pay day for him.[/QUOTE] I still don't know about that huge jackpot without the belt, the belt is…

Comment by IronDanHamza on 05-18-2013

[QUOTE=Ray*;13385773](1) that's not a huge payday like Hearn seem to be talking about (2) Hearns was referring to the winner facing Khan on the 7th of December[/QUOTE] It's a damn site more then he's ever dreamed that he would make.…

Comment by Ray* on 05-18-2013

[QUOTE=IronDanHamza;13385771]He'll get a rematch or a big fight with Kell Brook with or without the belt. But he's not going to win so that's irrelevant.[/QUOTE] (1) that's not a huge payday like Hearn seem to be talking about (2) Hearns…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (9)
Top Headlines Roach is Concerned: Pacquiao Looks Tired, Sluggish in Sparring WBC Warns Boxers About Dangers of Consuming Energy Drinks Orlando Cruz: I Won't Rest Until I'm First Gay World Champion! Sanchez: If GGG Breaks Hopkins' Record, Mayweather May Come Chocolatito Drops 112 WBC Belt, Hernandez-Nawaphon Ordered Orlando Salido vs. Takashi Miura Finalized, Dec. 17 on HBO Photos: Mike Lee, Chris Traietti - Ready For Chicago Showdown Jorge Linares Update on Hand Injury, Crolla Rematch Clause Petrov vs. Perez WBA Title Eliminator - Photos, Weights Juanma Lopez vs. Wilfredo Vazquez Pushed Back To Oct. 29 Erick De Leon vs. Aldimar Santos, Oct. 28 on UniMas Eddie Hearn Shakes His Head at Lee Selby's Inactivity Adam Lopez vs. Carlos Valcarcel on November 12 in Philadelphia Photo: Victor Ortiz Mugshot Released For DUI Arrest Callum Smith-Luke Blackledge British Title Clash In Play, Nov. 26 Pacquiao Admits Past Drug Use, Backs Prez's Tough Stance UK News: Kassem vs. Murray, Leather Twins, BoxNation Update Artur Beterbiev vs. Isidro Ranoni Prieto Set For December 23 Calzaghe Backing Cleverly To Unseat Braehmer For The Title Dimitrenko: Parker is Looking Past Me, He's Focused on Joshua Terry Flanagan - In-Depth on Crolla, Verdejo, Return, What's Next WBA Prez: We've Asked "Twice" For Tyson Fury's Medical Report! Mikey Garcia Eyes Dejan Zlaticanin Bout in November, December Frank Warren Reacts To Eddie Hearn: Tyson Fury is NOT Done! Hanzel Martinez Vows To Stop Ruiz Inside The Distance Johnny Nelson: Parker is at The Same Level as Anthony Joshua Golovkin's Coach: Jacobs Beat Cancer, He's Not Scared of GGG Eddie Hearn: Joshua-Klitschko Not Done, Negotiations Ongoing UK News: Skeete vs. Singleton, Liam Williams, Osman, More Cotto Could Be in Line For WBO Shot - When Canelo Goes To 160 Cleverly: Braehmer Fight Has Been Five Years in The Making Wladimir Klitschko vs. Anthony Joshua? Yes, Please. Photo: Canelo Alvarez, With Splint, is Back To Putting in Work Victor Ortiz Arrested For Driving Under The Influence Joseph Parker Avoids Social Media as Fight Rumors Swirl Walters Warns Lomachenko: Remember Donaire? I Want a KO! Milan Melindo vs. Fahlan Sakkreerin, IBF Interim on November 26 Mayweather: If McGregor Stole My Blueprint, It's a Good Thing! Lomachenko vs. Walters Made Official For November 26, HBO Ganigan Lopez Injured: Pedro Guevara Will Now Face Tomogdan
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement