Brook out; Purdy to face Alexander
Lee Purdy will replace Kell Brook in the welterweight title bout against Devon Alexander on May 18.
Promoters of the tournament in Atlantic City announced on Tuesday that Purdy would challenge the American southpaw for his IBF title. Brook, also from England, has a foot injury.
Purdy has a professional record of 20-3, with one drawn and 13 knockouts. Alexander’s stands at 24-1 with 13 knockouts.
Brook, undefeated after 29 bouts, including 19 knockout victories, was forced to withdraw because of the injury. The bout had been delayed twice before, first by an ankle injury that Brook suffered in December last year and then by a biceps injury that ruled out Alexander in February.
Alexander, a former light-welterweight champion, took the title when he beat Randall Bailey on a unanimous decision in New York last October.
Purdy will be fighting in his first world title bout. He comes off a ninth-round stoppage of Mexico's Cosme Rivera on March 9. The fight at London's Wembley Arena was his fourth successive win inside the distance during the past year.
On the same card, American Lamont Peterson, the IBF light-welterweight champion, will face Lucas Matthysse from Argentina. Peterson has a record of 31-1-1, with 16 knockouts. Matthysse stands at 33-2 with 31 knockouts.
The two will meet at a catchweight of 64 kg, so Peterson's title will not be at stake.
The winner is expected to fight unbeaten American Danny Garcia, the WBA and WBC light-welterweight champion, and the winner of that bout may defend the titles against England's Amir Khan.