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Devon Alexander will have too much for Lee Purdy, says Jim Watt

Jim Watt Posted 17th May 2013 view comments

Lee Purdy has got an unlikely shot at a world title on Saturday night against Devon Alexander in Atlantic City, following an injury to his stablemate Kell Brook.

There are only so many people you'd throw into the lion's den and give them a chance on an occassion like this and Purdy is one of those guys; he doesn't worry about things and has the temperament to go there and give it a real go.

Purdy: faces a tough test against Alexander on Saturday night

Purdy: faces a tough test against Alexander on Saturday night

The problem is he has a huge task on his hands against IBF welterweight champion Alexander.

Purdy was out-boxed by Colin Lynes not that long ago and he didn't know how to handle him. Now we're talking about him fighting Alexander, who is far superior to Lynes.

If Purdy was going in against someone like Marcos Maidana, someone who'd stand with him and have a go, you'd raise his chances, but Alexander is the worst possible opponent for Purdy.

Alexander is completely the wrong style of fighter for Purdy to score an upset against.

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He's a southpaw, a mover, he's experienced and he's done all that's been asked of him so far in his career. Lee is tough, strong and a puncher - there's no question about that - but it's difficult to make a case for him.

Unless he catches Alexander and knocks him out it's hard to see how else he could win this fight.

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I'm also interested to see how Purdy fights at this weight - he looked very muscular in his last fight and I remember saying on commentary I thought his welterweight days were over.

I'm sure he will have paid close attention to his weight and we have to assume he'll be strong at 147lbs, but there is a question mark about whether he'll still have the power at this limit.

Alexander is not invincible, though, and there is a suggestion he can be bullied. When he fought Timothy Bradley I think he settled for second place during that fight. Bradley discouraged him, knocked his ambition out of him, but we can't really put Purdy on the same page as Bradley.

It does show, though, there may be a little chink in his armour and this should be a good fight to watch with Purdy having to continuously go after Alexander.

The Englishman will relish the opportunity and he's in a good position where no one expects him to do it and he has everything to gain and nothing to lose.

However, I just think Alexander is completely the wrong style of fighter for Purdy to score an upset against and I'm expecting the American to score a comfortable win on points.

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