• Welterweight

Purdy 'not impressed' by Alexander

ESPN staff
May 17, 2013
Lee Purdy insists he is ready for the fight against Devon Alexander © PA Photos

Ahead of his IBF welterweight title showdown with Devon Alexander on Saturday, Lee Purdy has revealed his opponent is someone he chooses not to watch because of the way he boxes.

The 25-year-old from Colchester bids to take the IBF belt from the American at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City after he replaced Kell Brook for the fight last month.

Purdy - who has lost three of his 24 fights - believes he has all the ingredients to topple Alexander, who he feels does not do enough to impress him.

"I've watched a lot of his fights since we got the fight and he's not looked great recently. He's been holding a lot in recent fights which is why I mentioned that. His style doesn't impress me which is why I don't watch him," Purdy said.

"I think I can land big shots on him and make him fight my fight, and if I connect cleanly on him there's only one place he's going to go and that's to the canvas.

"He says he wants to fight the biggest names in the game, no-one here has heard of me so he has to look good against me and he's not going to if he's just going to hold.

"I want him to have a clean fight. I don't want to just hold, get through and nick fights on points, I'm here to entertain and please the fans because that's what they pay their money to see."

Purdy insists he is prepared for the tussle and has warned his opponent should not take him lightly.

"I fought in March and was back in the gym ticking over so I am absolutely ready for this," Purdy, who has not been beaten since 2009, said.

"My punching power is underestimated, I'm tough and durable and I'm out here to win, I'm not here to make the numbers up.

"If he underestimates me it's a big mistake and it will be all over for him. Tune in, it's going to be a great fight and an explosive performance."

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