Two-time Commonwealth heavyweight title challenger Dave Allen opened up to WBN regarding his decision not to box again in 2018.
Allen also revealed big plans for the new year, including a response to Jarrell Miller.
The 26 year-old fought five times this year, including a technical draw against Lenroy Thomas and a defeat to Olympic gold medallist Tony Yoka.
Those setbacks sat alongside victories over David Howe, Samir Nebo, Ariel Bracamonte, and the previously undefeated Nick Webb.
“I’m tired. That’s all it is really. Physically and mentally. I just need some time off. So me and Eddie agreed that it was best to have a bit of time off,” Allen exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Take some time and then I want to headline my own show next year for a major title. Hopefully, that can happen. I wouldn’t say it’s a dream but it’s definitely a target.
“I’d love to win the British or Commonwealth title in 2019,” he added.
American heavyweight Jarrell Miller recently called out a raft of British fighters, including Allen and David Price. The undefeated 30-year-old colossus attempts to plot a path towards a big money fight with unified titleholder Anthony Joshua.
The ‘White Rhino’, however, refused to look past his 2019 goal.
“I need to win the British and Commonwealth titles before I look at the like of Jarrell Miller. The fight doesn’t make sense for me at the moment, it doesn’t even make sense for him!
“I’m not even really sure why he called me out, to be honest. The days of taking fights like that are long gone.
“He’s calling out every British heavyweight on the scene because British boxing is booming. He wants to come over here and beat a well-known British name and get the Anthony Joshua or Dillian Whyte fight.
“He’s got zero chance of winning the AJ fight. I think he’s a good fighter, but he doesn’t beat the top names,” concluded the Pay-Per-View regular.
James Copley is a Staff Writer for World Boxing News. Follow James on Twitter @JamesCopley73