ATLANTIC CITY - Lee Purdy lost his chance to become IBF welterweight champion on the scale Friday afternoon.

Purdy (20-3-1, 13 KOs) failed to make the weight for tomorrow's fight at Boardwalk Hall against IBF champ Devon Alexander (24-1, 13 KOs). As a result, Alexander will keep his title regardless of the outcome.

Purdy, a native of England, weighed 148 pounds - one pound above the welterweight limit - at 3:30 p.m. at Caesars Atlantic City. He returned two hours later and registered at 147.8.

Purdy accepted the bout on four weeks' notice after fellow Brit Kell Brook withdrew with a foot injury.

Saturday's main event will feature junior-welterweight champions Lucas Matthysse (33-2, 31 KOs) and Lamont Peterson (31-1-1, 16 KOs) in a non-title bout that has the potential to be one of the best fights of the year.

 "Everybody knows this fight means something even though no titles are on the line," Peterson said. "I got into this sport to fight the best fighters and Matthysse is one of the best guys out there in our weight class. This is the fight the fans wanted to see."


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