Exclusive: Hearn honest on Allen future, talks Groves and possible DeGale rematch

Joe Hewlett 28/05/2017

Lawrence Lustig

Eddie Hearn admitted he was underwhelmed with Dave Allen’s performance at Bramall Lane as he lost on a split decision to Lenroy Thomas.

‘The White Rhino’ had the opportunity to win the Commonwealth title but fell short. Hearn believes it was the right decision and has fired an issue warning towards the charismatic Yorkshireman.

“I thought he was poor tonight, it was really disappointing. I put it in on a plate for him, Lenroy Thomas is a good fighter, people just presumed he was going to win because I put him in with him but he didn’t do enough, he didn’t throw enough shots, didn’t throw enough combinations and he’s got caught up in all this popularity thing,” the Matchroom promoter exclusively told World Boxing News.

“He’s walking around in pubs around Sheffield today and stuff like that so that’s part of the good things about Dave Allen but also if you want to be a champion and compete at that level you need to live right. I’ll give him more chances but I’ll only give him so many. I think he has a comeback fight, puts in a good win and we sling him back in there again.”

It was a double blow for Hearn as Kell Brook lost his IBF crown to American Errol Spence after the fight was ended in round 11. Brook took a knee down to the canvas after losing his vision from the left eye in round 11. One thing though, that perked the Brentford man up was the success of George Groves emerging victorious to claim his first world title.

“I’ve had my differences with George Groves, we’ve never always seen eye to eye but I’m very very pleased for him. It was a great performance; the fight was a war and Chudinov’s very tough. There’s some big fights out there for him now,” he said.

When asked about the obvious question of when Groves v DeGale two could happen, the 40-year-old concluded it could be very soon.

“It could be soon, maybe this year or next. Groves got a great reception tonight and it was a big win for him as his career was on the line so the main thing is that he won and I was very pleased for him.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95