EXCLUSIVE: Dave Allen talks potential Lucas Browne clash in December
Dave Allen is confident he can secure a fight with Lucas Browne at the end of this year if he wins his next fight in Newcastle.
Allen is slated to fight on the October 13th show in Newcastle on the undercard of Lewis Ritson’s European title tilt.
‘The White Rhino’ is coming off the best win of his career, a highlight-reel fourth-round knockout of Nick Webb back in July.
Now he has some momentum. He wants to strike while the iron is hot and secure a big fight at the end of the year.
“This Newcastle fight really is just getting out and keeping busy. Then I’ll have a big fight at the end of the year. I’d love to fight Lucas Browne,” Allen exclusively told World Boxing News.
Browne himself made a successful comeback on Saturday, stopping Julius Long in three rounds and wasted no time in calling Allen’s name.
“If I were in charge, then I’d choose to fight Lucas Browne at the end of the year.
“We have been back and forwards for a little while now. I’ve spoken to his manager, and everybody involved wants the fight,” Allen stated.
“He’s a former holder of a version of the world heavyweight title. I think it’s a fight at this point in his career – and I’m not saying I would win or be my favorite in the fight – that I think I can win. And he’s a former world heavyweight champion, so why wouldn’t I want the fight?” he added.
Browne brutally lost his unbeaten record against Dillian Whyte back in March. Allen thinks now is the perfect time to face the affable Australian.
“Yeah, possibly,” Allen said when asked if the knockout loss could affect the 39-year-old. “Dillian Whyte is a top-level fighter. He’s probably top five or top ten in the world, so there’s no shame in the result he had there.
“I don’t think he was at his best, and that could be because his best days are behind him.”
Allen has to take care of business in Newcastle next weekend but is confident that a big fight with Browne will happen next.
“I think it’s a fight that will happen at the end of the year. If I can get the win in Newcastle, I think it will happen,” said the 26-year-old.
As to where the fight could land, a possible slot on the undercard of a potential Whyte v Dereck Chisora II would make a large amount of sense, which has been touted for a December 22nd date.
“Yeah, if that happens, it could be. I think, and Lucas would have to be on a show like that (Whyte v Chisora). I assume it would be December time, so yeah, I’m open to that. It’s just a case of whether Eddie Hearn or whoever would be putting it on is up for it.
“Lucas and I want the fight. It’s just a case of other parties to make it happen now.”
Thomas Davison is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Thomas on Twitter @thomasdavison93.