Outclassed Purdy pulled out after seven rounds of Alexander clash in Atlantic City
By Martin Domin
Lee Purdy was left in tears after he was pulled out at the end of the seventh round of his fight with world welterweight champion Devon Alexander.
Tearful: Lee Purdy argues with his corner after he was pulled out at the end of the seventh round
Purdy afforded his opponent too much respect in the opening minute as Alexander picked him off with his jab before switching downstairs with both hands.
One-way traffic: Devon Alexander (right) outclassed Purdy before the Brit was pulled out
And while he couldn’t quite manage that, Purdy did make more of an impression on the champion while at the same time keeping his guard high to fend off the repeated attacks.
Brave effort: Purdy kept coming forward but was unable to make an impression on the champion
Barker meanwhile admitted it was a difficult decision to pull his friend out.
Lee Purdy 'devastated' after crushing defeat against IBF champion Devon Alexander
Essex welterweight Lee Purdy was outclassed against IBF champion Devon Alexander in Atlantic City last night before being pulled out by his corner after seven rounds.
By Gareth A Davies
Alexander dominated the contest, landing barrages of heavy shots although it became clear he had hurt his left hand in the opening round. Purdy's stable-mate Darren Barker, a stand-in trainer, told the referee at the end of round seven that the fight should be stopped.
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