DAZN Fighter Profile – Usyk v Bellew: David Allen (Heavyweight)
David Allen is a man with many names. ‘The White Rhino,’ ‘The Doncaster De La Hoya,’ ‘Papi PPV’ or the ‘UK Rocky Balboa’ mention a few.
Whatever you want to call him, one thing you cannot deny is Allen brings value for money.
Increasing interest with every appearance, Allen fights on this weekend’s huge Manchester Arena bill live on DAZN.
Allen began his career in humble beginnings. Fighting around Sheffield eventually led to the likable puncher being given a chance to fill an undercard spot by promoter Eddie Hearn.
It wasn’t the start Allen wanted as a draw with the inexperienced Plamen Nikolov marked the first blemish on Allen’s six-bout career.
Dusting himself down, Allen racked up four straight victories with three knockouts until the unlikeliest of calls came for the summer of 2016.
Hearn surprisingly pitted Allen against Dillian Whyte in a contest many picked to be a brutal defeat for Allen. The Yorkshireman proved his metal as part of the Luke Campbell v Argenis Mendez bill by going the full ten rounds with Whyte.
It was like a victory for Allen’s profile in the UK and pushed the then 24-year-old into another huge opportunity. Allen squared up to Luis Ortiz, a world-rated contender, and wouldn’t put himself to shame in losing via a late TKO.
Determined to use his losses as positives, Allen was earmarked for a title shot by Hearn within a year. Fitting reward for taking on all comers put to him.
Back-to-back wins saw a huge opportunity handed to Allen on the undercard of Kell Brook v Errol Spence at Sheffield United’s Brammall Lane.
Unfortunately for Allen, an off-night put the party on hold as Lenroy Thomas won the vacant Commonwealth crown via a split points nod.
Hearn was clearly disappointed Allen failed to take a golden chance. The Matchroom boss vowed to sever ties with one of his most-loved heavyweights if he lost again before a rematch with Thomas.
Allen managed to retire Tom Dallas to set up a revenge mission against the Jamaican, as it turned out. Sadly, more heartbreak came to the fore as Allen was cut early on and soon pulled from the fight.
Allen’s dream was further away as ever as Thomas moved on to lose his belt to Joe Joyce in a maiden defense. The belt exchange made things even tougher for the Doncaster man moving forward.
Deciding to take an offer to face Olympic champion Tony Yoka, ironically the man who was defeating Joyce controversially in the final, Allen gave a decent account of himself in yet another late stoppage loss.
One thing was abundantly clear – Allen was learning from each reverse.
Back in the UK and just a month on from the Yoka defeat, Hearn offered Allen the chance to step in at late notice and battle the dangerous, undefeated Nick Webb.
Fans called it a bad move and criticized Allen for taking it on and Hearn for arranging so soon. Both were proved correct, though, as Allen pulled out a cracking shot in the fourth to bury Webb through the ropes.
A first-round KO of Samir Nebo followed, and with a warm-up to come on the forthcoming Oleksandr Usyk v Tony Bellew card, Allen is once again on the verge of claiming a title.
KO Ratio: 57%
Nickname: ‘White Rhino’
D.O.B: March 21st, 1992
Height: 6ft 3ins / 191cm
OCT 2018 – Samir Nebo KO1
JULY 2018 – Nick Webb KO 4
JUNE 2018 – Tony Yoka TKO10
MAY 2018 – David Howe TKO 4
MARCH 2018 – Lenroy Thomas TD 1
JULY 2017 – Tom Dallas TKO3
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