Since winning the IBF welterweight title from Randall Bailey last October at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KO) has seen more than one high-profile bout slip just outside his grasp.
He was supposed to be facing rising British star Kell Brook this Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, but the bout, which had previously postponed on two separate occasions, was again put off as Brook had to withdraw with a stress fracture in his right foot.
Alexander had also previously been rumored to be in contention for a showdown with Floyd Mayweather before that fight was instead given to Robert Guerrero.
That leaves the IBF welterweight champion to face Lee Purdy instead in the televised co-feature of a Showtime card. Purdy (20-3-1, 13 KO) has never ventured outside the United Kingdom for a fight and is an unknown in the United States.
Read on for our preview and prediction of this IBF welterweight championship bout.
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