Lee Purdy fails to make weight, so his shot at world title vanishes

Lee Purdy of England was supposed to have the opportunity of a lifetime tonight – his first shot at a major world title. But he could not make the 147-pound limit at Friday’s weigh-in, coming in a pound over and still not being able to make the weight on a second try.

Purdy (20-3-1, 13 KOs) will still be allowed to fight Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs) of St. Louis, but now Alexander’s welterweight title will not be on the line.

The two will tangle at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on a Golden Boy Promotions card that will be televised by Showtime.

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