British heavyweight Dave Allen answered the call again over the weekend to share the ring with a top contender tipped for world honors in the future.
The 26 year-old is currently one of the UK’s most liked fighters as the Yorkshireman is willing to face anyone, any place and at any time.
Allen stole the show in Paris when wearing a red beret and making his entrance to WWE legend Shawn Michaels’ ‘Sexy Boy’ theme music, despite weighing 24 pounds heavier than for his Commonwealth title challenge against Lenroy Thomas back in March.
Some fans on social media have nothing but love for Allen, although some did question his choice to be so willing to mix it with solid fighters like Tony Yoka and previously Dillian Whyte and Luis Ortiz.
‘Papi Le Rhino’ took to his Twitter account to answer one such question shortly before deleting his account altogether.
Some comments obviously touched a nerve will Allen, whilst there is genuine worry from some who fear for his future.
One said: Anyone that knows Dave Allen aka the ‘White Rhino’, let him know that he’s really liked as a person.
“We want him to stop taking these kinds of fights because we like him, and for his own safety and post-boxing brain. There’ll ALWAYS be hate on Twitter.”
Another had said: “He needs to take full responsibility. Ultimately your advisors give you advice (but) Dave Allen makes the decision. He looked terribly unfit.
“He’s meant to be a sporting athlete, not a punching bag. On Twitter, he was saying he would fight Dubois for cheap.”
Some even blamed promoter Eddie Hearn for Allen potentially accepting journeyman status.
“Twitter hype ruined Dave Allen. Eddie (Hearn) capitalizing on a guys popularity, but the popularity was because he’s a genuine bloke not a world level fighter. Very poor guidance if he even had any.”
Only time Yoka got out of second gear. Allen offered nothing. I just don’t get him. pic.twitter.com/zcilAI0Z1W
— Scott (@GhostOfScottLaw) June 23, 2018
The Doncaster man was battered for nine and a half rounds before eventually being saved in the final session against Yoka, taking massive punishment and not looking in his best shape.
This has led to many to wonder what Allen’s next move should be after suffering a fourth defeat from his 19 contests to date.