Carson Jones out, Cosme Rivera to face Lee Purdy on Saturday

Paul Thomas

Cosme Rivera has replaced Carson Jones, as the Mexican veteran steps in to face Lee Purdy on Saturday in London.

Carson Jones has withdrawn from Saturday's fight against Lee Purdy in London due to illness, with Mexican veteran Cosme Rivera stepping in on short notice to take the fight. Purdy-Rivera will air on Sky Sports on the Barker-Rotolo undercard from Wembley Arena.

Purdy (19-3-1, 12 KO) is on a three-fight win streak, all wins by stoppage, since a majority decision loss to Colin Lynes in November 2011. This is the second time he was scheduled to fight Jones (34-9-3, 24 KO); in December, it was Purdy who was forced to pull out of the bout.

Rivera (35-15-3, 24 KO) is a battling veteran who, at 36, has recently been fighting at 140 pounds, but is a welterweight by trade. He's coming off of a loss in December to Yordenis Ugas in Florida. Rivera isn't a great opponent for Purdy right now, but on four days' notice, they could have done much worse than flying in a tough gatekeeper to take the bout.

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