If there was an award for excitement then Lee "Lights Out" Purdy
would definitely be on the shortlist.
The Colchester favourite blasted out Argentina's previously
unbeaten Gumersindo Carrasco at 1.43 of the fourth round to take
the vacant IBF International title at welterweight.
Like many of Purdy's other tests, it was clear from the opening
bell that a chess match was not going to ensue.
Indeed, both fighters threw caution to the wind and came
forwards with fists flying.
The difference between the two boxers in the early going was the
fact the Purdy managed to keep his hands tight when not throwing,
while the visitor left himself open to hard counters.
Carrasco's first trip to the canvas came towards the end of the
opener but it seemed a little harsh as Purdy bundled him over
rather than knocked him down cleanly.
A right had briefly wobbled the Argentine in the second and he
began to look a little ragged a session later, but he continued to
trade hooks with Purdy.
However, Carrasco unravelled in the fourth when Purdy detonated
a hefty right hook which resulted in a genuine knockdown
The visitor managed to get to his feet but within seconds he was
down again as Purdy ripped home a quality body shot.
Once more he clambered off the the ring apron, but more heavy
hooks from Purdy forced the intervention of referee Steve Gray.