Alexander focused on Purdy, won’t lose sleep if Brook fight never happens

IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander finally knows his opponent for what will be his first defence of the title on May 18 as Briton Lee Purdy steps in for mandatory challenger Kell Brook.

Brook was forced to pull out of the Boardwalk Hall clash with a foot injury, the third time the scheduled bout has been pushed back and compatriot Purdy now gets the chance to participate in his first world title fight.

Alexander, 26, goes into the contest next month as a seasoned campaigner at world level and a strong favourite, but the American also knows that he cannot underestimate the Essex man, who is known for his heavy hitting after stopping his last four.

“I know Purdy is going be a tough fight, for he is coming to take what I got,” Alexander told World Boxing News.

“I’ll be ready for whatever he brings. Yes, I know he has power and it will be a good fight, but I am confident of doing what I have to do.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn, who ironically looks after the interests of both Brook and Purdy, has been assured by the IBF that ‘The Special One’ will be next in line to face the winner, although Alexander is unsure whether the fight will eventually go ahead.

“If the fight will Kell Brook happens it happens,” he said. “But if it doesn’t, then I am not going to lose any sleep over it. Purdy is next and I am focused on him.”