17th July 2011

Lee Purdy defended his British welterweight title belt with a fifth round stoppage of former champion Craig Watson at the Oldham Leisure Centre on Saturday night.

“Lights Out” became Colchester’s first ever British boxing champion when he won the title by halting Watson in an upset victory in April.

Lee Purdy still Champion
Purdy proved that his last win against Watson was no fluke by grinding down the Mancunian in front of his home town crowd at Oldham Leisure Centre.

Southpaw Watson started brightly, slipping Purdy’s jab to land hooks and counter lefts.

But the Colchester man grew in confidence after landing two heavy shots in the third round and started to walk his man down.

The end came in the fifth as Purdy dropped Watson with a hurtful left hook to the body before referee Mark Green stopped the bout after the hometown fighter had been sent to the canvas for a second time.

Purdy’s victory sets up a mouth-watering match-up with Commonwealth king Denton Vassell, the man who beat him in one of the domestic fights of the year in 2010. 

undercard results to follow 

The Hatton TV live broadcast was a great success and was very professionally put together and was a great addition to British boxing. There were some very competitive undercard fights and overall Hatton’s venture into live Internet boxing coverage from their shows, was a very welcome addition to the TV fighting schedule! – Well done Hatton Boxing.

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