British heavyweight Dave Allen will be back in action on November 10 just under a month on from his last fight.
‘The White Rhino’ or the ‘Doncaster De La Hoya’ – as he is affectionately known, blasted out Samir Nebo in less than a one round at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on October 13.
Despite having no plans to box again in 2018, Allen has answered the call from Eddie Hearn following the withdrawal of Joe Cordina through injury.
Cordina was due to fight Scott Cardle in a Commonwealth title bout. The encounter has been confirmed off the Matchroom show topped by Oleksandr Usyk v Tony Bellew at Manchester Arena.
“Due to an injury sustained to Jor Cordina (the fight with Scott) Cardle is off and replaced with Dave Allen in Heavyweight action. Opponent named shortly,” said a short statement.
Allen (Pictured by Lawrence Lustig) has since explained his reasons for accepting yet another fight at short notice.
“I don’t know who I’m boxing and I don’t know what I’m getting paid yet. It’s all about the big nights I will never forget and this will be another one. However, I hope I win and get paid well,” joked Allen.
On a potential foe, Allen added: “We (are) waiting for word back on a 16-0 Canadian now so hopefully be him. Training (is) going okay (and I) will be a little lighter than I was for Newcastle.
“If it’s not the unbeaten Canadian or someone else with a similar record, I will wait until Sheffield so the opponent will be right. I do things for me now nobody else.
“(But) truthfully because it’s 11 days away and I’m coming in (at) late notice on Pay-Per-View, I want paying very well for it. That fight (Tom Little) don’t make the money I want for doing it.
“Also, this fight is my sixth scheduled pay per view appearance in under two years. Call it lucky, call it unfair, call it great. Call it what you want (but) I’m blessed, grateful and going to be trying my best as always,” said the 26 year-old.
The addition of Allen means the Usyk v Bellew headliner and Anthony Crolla’s clash with Daud Yordan swell the card to three main bouts.
A host of young Matchroom talent is expected to be confirmed on the undercard shortly. Josh Kelly could be one of them, whilst Sam Hyde with battle Richard Riakporhe at cruiserweight.