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Purdy Hunting Vassell Rematch

Lee Purdy hopes successfully defending his British welterweight crown against Craig Watson this weekend will book a return clash against Denton Vassell.

Colchester's Purdy narrowly lost on points to Vassell in a Commonwealth title challenge last year, but in April shocked Watson to become British champion.

On Saturday (July 16) he bids to prove his fifth round stoppage win against Watson was no fluke in a rematch at Oldham Sports Centre.

Purdy, 24, said: "I would love to get another go at Denton if I beat Craig. I am sure I can avenge that setback.

"I have no complaints about the decision in the first fight against him, but I hadn't been with my trainer Tony Sims for very long and I wasn't where I am now mentally and physically.

"I now know that I am capable of beating Denton."

The Watson win triggered a three-fight agreement with Hatton Promotions and, with Vassell in the same stable, a return is a real possibility.

Purdy, beaten just twice in 18 fights added: "I am surprised that the rematch has happened so quickly and I think it is a bad move.

I won the first fight against Watson so there is no reason for me to have any doubt about the outcome."

In supporting contests Watson's fellow Oldham fighter - Darren Stubbs, challenges Bob Ajisafe for the vacant English light-heavyweight title.

Vassell is also in action in Oldham when he boxes a six round non-title fight against Nicaraguan Ronny McField.

Hatton Promotions' youngsters on the bill are - Austin Hornsby who meets Jason Nesbitt, Dean Halsall is up against Ryan Clark and Matthew Clarkson tackles James Tucker.

The show is not being televised and tickets are selling fast for Watson's revenge. Ticket prices - £35, £55 and £75 VIP from 01925 755222

The card will be available from 7pm on Sunday 17th July on Hatton TV with commentary by Phil Duffell and Micky Cantwell.

Simply log on to http://www.hattonsports.tv/tv/tv-player

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