Lee Purdy

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Lee Purdy
Real name Lee Purdy
Nickname(s) Lights Out
Weight(s) Welterweight
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Nationality English
Born 29 May 1987 (1987-05-29) (age 30)
Colchester, Essex, UK
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 26
Wins 20
Wins by KO 9
Losses 5
Draws 1

Lee Purdy (born 29 May 1987) is a retired English boxer from Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom who fights in the welterweight division. Despite having no amateur career he is a former British champion having won the British welterweight title on 16 April 2011 with a 5th round KO victory over Craig Watson.[1][2] He also previously held the Southern Area welterweight title and competed for the Commonwealth belt at the weight against former ABA champion Denton Vassell but was beaten over 12 rounds as Vassell won on a points decision.[1]

Professional boxing career[edit]

British Champion[edit]

Purdy claimed the British title with a win over Craig Watson via 5th round stoppage to become Colchesters first British boxing champion at the MEN Arena in Manchester on 16 April 2011.[1] This victory was followed up in his first defence on 16 July 2011 with another victory over Watson, this time in Oldham and with another stoppage in the 5th round. Despite starting brightly, Watson began to be worn down in the third round as two heavy shots from Purdy landed. Eventually after Watson was knocked down twice in the 5th, the referee called a halt to the contest.[3] Purdy lost the title in his second defence against former British light welterweight champion Colin Lynes. In what was described by The Sun as "12 thrilling rounds" Purdy lost a majority points decision to Lynes after getting up off the canvas in the 10th to produce a strong finish.[4] After the fight, the new champion paid tribute to Purdy saying "We both gave a great account of ourselves and it was a great fight to be involved in. I'm sure everyone who watched enjoyed it and the atmosphere was electric too."[4] On 18 May 2013, Lee Purdy fought Devon Alexander at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ. The bout was originally scheduled for the IBF welterweight title but Purdy failed to make the weight. Purdy took the fight at 4 weeks notice after Kell Brook pulled out with a hand injury. The fight was controversially stopped by Purdys trainer (Darren Barker) in the 7th round, although Purdy was not hurt at any stage throughout the fight and was looking to come on strong in the later rounds.

Alleged money laundering offence[edit]

In August 2013 Purdy was not charged with money laundering along with five other people in what was believed to be a £1 million scam against elderly people. He was due to appear at Colchester Magistrates Court in September 2013. Purdy, as well as the other accused, denied the charges.[5]

Lee Purdy was found not guilty by unanimous verdict (jury) of money laundering. He thanked everyone who had supported him via Twitter.[citation needed]

After several operations on a detached retina suffered during the Leonard Bundu fight in December 2013, Purdy is expected to return to the ring in 2015 and would possibly meet the winner of the Frankie Gavin and Bradley Skeete bout for the British title.[citation needed]


After sustaining a severed and detached retina in a fight with European welterweight champion Leonard Bundu in late 2013, Purdy was forced to retire from the sport of boxing.[6] His promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed the retirement in an interview with iFLTV on 16 February 2015.