Lee Purdy offered Devon Alexander bout

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Lee Purdy could replace Kell Brook in fighting IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander after emerging as the leading contender in the organisation's rankings.

Lee Purdy could face Devon Alexander on May 18 after being offered the opportunity to fight the American in place of the injured Kell Brook.

Brook pulled out of his scheduled bout with Alexander with a fractured foot, and after IBF number three Kevin Bizier turned down the chance to fight for the title, the way was paved for Purdy.

The 25-year-old is the current IBF international welterweight champion, and promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that the Englishman is currently in discussions regarding the potential encounter.

Hearn told World Boxing News: "We have been offered the fight against Alexander for Lee Purdy, and we are discussing with Lee and the team to see where we go from here."

Purdy has won 20 of his 24 professional fights, while Alexander has just one loss on his record from 25 bouts.

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