By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
LEE PURDY is hoping for a change of luck after losing badly in Atlantic City.‘Lights Out’ Purdy challenges veteran European welterweight champion Leonard Bundu at London’s ExCel Arena tonight.
And he is determined to make the most of the opportunity after suffering a double whammy last time he climbed into the ring in the gambling-mad US city.
He challenged IBF champion Devon Alexander in May but it turned into a non-title contest when the Colchester fighter failed to make the 147lbs weight limit.
Purdy, a late replacement for stablemate Kell Brook, was then reduced to tears when his corner threw in the towel after seven bruising rounds.
Now Purdy, 29 – with 20 wins in his 25 professional contests – is aiming to put the disappointment behind him when he faces Bundu.
But he knows the Italian, who has been champion since 2011, will be a tough nut to crack.
Bundu, 39, has lost just two of his 29 fights and has a wealth of experience, which will make him a real test.
But Purdy said: “His old legs might be OK for a few rounds but he will tire soon enough and then I will take over.
“I have only seen bits of Bundu in action, but it looks as though he comes to have a fight, which should make it a good contest for the fans.”
British champion Frankie Gavin will be an interested observer tonight after successfully defending his title against David Barnes in September.
Gavin could be a likely future opponent for Purdy as he bids to climb further up the ladder.
Purdy said: “The Gavin fight is definitely one for further down the road. Hopefully it will be a fight that gets British fans behind us.”
Dagenham’s Kevin Mitchell is also in action in his third fight in five months against Italian-based Cuban Brunet Zamora.
Mitchell, 29, will be defending his IBF Inter-Continental lightweight belt as he bids to get back into the world title mix after just two defeats in 37 fights.
PREDICTION: It will be a tough old contest for Purdy but he has a chance of success and could possibly win on points. Mitchell can win around the sixth.