Lee Purdy off Saturday's Christmas Cracker bill

Lee Purdy’s welterweight clash with Carson Jones on the Betfair ‘Christmas Cracker’ is off after a virus has ruled the Colchester man out of the contest.

Darren Barker’s middleweight clash with Kerry Hope now tops the bill as a 12-rounder for the IBF Inter-Continental title.

Barker boxes for the first time since his brave World title challenge against Sergio Martinez in Atlantic City back in October 2011, while Hope is aiming to get back into the title mix after two gruelling European title bouts with Greg Proksa.

“We are all gutted to lose this fight and will now rearrange the bout for March,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.

The bill sees John Ryder face his first real test at middleweight against Eamonn O’Kane in an eliminator for the British title. Erick 'The Eagle' Ochieng defends his English light middleweight title against Max Maxwell, while unbeaten cruiserweight Wadi 'Machoman' Camacho faces Toks Owoh for the vacant Southern Area strap.

Hearn continued: "Exciting bantamweight star Kal Yafai faces Spanish champion Jorge Perez and former Team GB stars Martin J. Ward and Callum Smith also feature in what promises to be a great end to our shows in 2012.”

Tickets for Betfair’s ‘Christmas Cracker’ are on sale now priced £40 unreserved, £60 corner ringside, £80 ringside and £150 VIP. Tickets are available from Matchroom Sport on 01277 359900 and at www.matchroomboxing.com
 

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