Hearns revealed the details behind the turn of events which led to Purdy’s sudden and surprising elevation to boxing’s elite. Hearns described feeling “flat” upon hearing about the injury to Kell Brook which resulted in the fight being postponed for a third time. “I get a call from the States offering a world title challenge for the Essex lad [Purdy]. I called Tony Sims [Purdy’s trainer], he called Purdy, and about a third of a second later he’s called back to accept the challenge”.
Four straight wins, including the English welterweight title, and most recently, the IBF international welterweight crown, have pushed Purdy into this position. A fifth, against Alexander, would take him to the dizziest of new heights.