24th May 2011
Craig Watson will attempt to regain the British Welterweight title he lost in dramatic fashion, when he was knocked-out by Lee Purdy in the 5th round at the MEN Arena in April, on the undercard of Amir Khan v Paul McCloskey.
Watson (left) was devastated after the defeat to Purdy and went away on holiday to Egypt to lick his wounds. But the Manchester fighter came home to the good news, that he has been offered the chance to win back the Lonsdale belt, that was ripped from him by the one punch knockout power of Purdy!
Watson 28, was winning the first fight rather comfortably and outboxing Purdy up until the Colchester man threw a big right hand, catching Watson flush on the chin, bringing and end to the fight and the changing of the belt.
The rematch is set for July 16 and will take place in Watson’s home town of Oldham, Greater Manchester, which will be the first time professional boxing has been held in the area for four years. Hatton Promotions, present the show at the Oldham Sports Centre.
Watson, who joined Hatton’s Manchester based stable of fighters last year, told BritishBoxers this week in an interview, that he is happy to be getting a rematch with Purdy and is ready to bounce back stronger: “This is my chance to put right what went wrong against Purdy last time. I was winning the first five rounds, but I didn’t have any power in my shots. said the former champion.
“In the last fight I didn’t feel myself, the power had gone and that was because I was run down, as I had not taken enough time off before it. But I’m not making excuses the better man won that night I shouldn’t have took the fight so close to the O’ Donnell fight looking back in hindsight. But this time I have been on holiday and Im more relaxed.
“I feel so happy that I have a rematch and to have it in Oldham is a dream come true I must thank everyone an Hatton Promotions for making this happen. Ricky (Hatton) has done me a big favour here and I am not going to let him down.
“I over trained for the first fight there is a lot of things I’m going to change about this one I cant go into to much detail but you are gonna see a total different Craig Watson.”
For the first five rounds of the last fight I made it look like target practice I just had to pop in my shots this time, I will make sure every bit of my armory is firing.”