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Lee Purdy Euro title bid ends in last round KO

PUBLISHED: 12:21 15 December 2013 | UPDATED: 17:18 15 December 2013

Leonard Bundu knocks Lee Purdy down during their European welterweight title bout at the ExCel Arena. Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Leonard Bundu knocks Lee Purdy down during their European welterweight title bout at the ExCel Arena. Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images

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Lee Purdy failed in his bid for the European welterweight title in London as veteran Italian Leonard Bundu retained the belt with a 12th-round stoppage.

The 26-year-old Colchester fighter was taking on an undefeated opponent at the ExCel Arena, with Purdy having relinquished his own perfect record last time out when losing in May to Devon Alexander in Atlantic City.

And after taking a barrage of heavy shots in the final minute of the fight, Purdy was knocked to the canvas and was surely heading the same way again before the referee halted the fight.

By the end of the second round Purdy had suffered a nasty cut beneath his left eye. He edged the third and it seemed Sierra Leone-born Bundu, 39, was beginning to tire as the hectic early pace subsided.

Despite a full-hearted performance from Purdy, Bundu’s know-how proved telling and he regained control of the contest.

Purdy could not connect with the kind of heavy shot that might have knocked Bundu from his feet, and just as a points verdict seemed inevitable the home hope found it was his opponent who had saved the best for last.

In an earlier bout Dagenham lightweight Kevin Mitchell retained his IBF intercontinental crown with an ninth round finish against Karim El Ouazghari.

In the Southern Area lightweight championship clash between Charshalton friends, Ricky Boylan came out on top, stopping Tony Owen in four rounds, while in the welterweight version Floyd Moore beat Upminster’s Ryan Taylor inside the same distance.

Anthony Ogogo returned the scene of his London 2012 Olympic triumph with a points victory over Dan Blackwell at middleweight in his first pro bout for over a year.

Also on the bumper card, there was a stoppage victory for Canning Town cruiserweight Wadi Camacho over John Anthony, Edgeware’s Ben Ileyemi drew against Danny Fleary in a four round cruiserweight contest, while former IBF world bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell and British super middleweight champion Paul Smith both won on points over Abigail Medina and Jamie Ambler respectively.

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