Dave Allen has once again proven a Box Office hit as the UK heavyweight continues his crowd-pleasing antics.
On an evening when Tony Bellew took the headlines in his final fight, Allen created lasting memories that will carry him on to his next outing.
Despite disappointing himself inside the ring with a hard-fought victory over Ariel Bracamonte. The 26 year-old is carving out quite the persona.
Entering the ring to a rapturous reception whilst ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin’s world famous WWE theme belted out, Allen went one better in the aftermath.
Cracking open two bottles of IRN BRU rather than beer. Allen celebrated in true Austin style by sipping on a winning tipple.
At one point, Allen even passed a bottle onto bemused opponent Bracamonte and his team, who duly took a taste test.
“My opponent tonight was the toughest man I’ve ever met. I was gonna smash my Irn Bru, but I thought I can’t that man deserves one (too),” said Allen before revealing a picture of the incident.
“I really wish there was a photo of this moment but with the picture capturing his face. The look of pure confusion when I passed him the Irn Bru was brilliant. His trainer gave him a sip then took a mouthful himself,” he joked.
On his performance, Allen had said: “Had a few hours to sit and think now. You know what, I just beat a very good fighter and in a pretty exciting fight.
“(I’ve got a) long way to go but a wins a win and I can move on,” the Yorkshireman added.
Whatever the result, Dave Allen is living up to his ‘Papi PPV’ label. Promoter Eddie Hearn also continues to have faith in placing him on the big cards.
It seems like a trend that will continue into 2018, Although Allen has to begin living up to the billing with more comprehensive triumphs.
A big-hitting win over Nick Webb at short notice remains Allen’s career highlight as ‘The White Rhino’ plots a course to domestic honours in 2019.
Fights against Nathan Gorman, Daniel Dubois, Hughie Fury and Sam Sexton are all possible, provided the charismatic Allen keeps winning.
…And that’s the bottom line ‘cos Stone Cold said so.