EXCLUSIVE: Mick Conlan impressed by Dave Allen in recent training stint

James Copley 10/12/2018

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Undefeated super bantamweight Mick Conlan shed some light on popular British heavyweight Dave Allen’s training stint with Adam Booth.

Allen weighed up his options after a series of high-profile appearances on Matchroom Pay-Per-View cards before decided to stick with his original trainer, Mick Marsden.

Booth, 49, has coached some of British boxing’s biggest names. A distinguished list that includes David Haye, George Groves, Danny Williams, Josh Kelly, Ryan Burnett and Mick Conlan.

“He [Allen] was great in camp, he looked really good,” Conlan exclusively explained to World Boxing News.

“Dave and Adam [Booth] seemed to click really well on the pads and he looked powerful, I was impressed by him.

“I was watching him and I saw Dave do some things he hasn’t done in the ring.”


After suffering defeat to Olympic gold medallist Tony Yoka last June, the White Rhino has turned his 2018 around, winning three fights in four months.

Allen has admitted to a lack of motivation and conditioning in the past. Linking up with the experienced Booth was seen as a move that could propel the two-time Commonwealth title challenger to a new level.

Conlan agrees with this notion.

“Dave’s been working his arse off with Adam,” he pointed out. “I think that’s what he needs, a coach who will make him work like that but also work with him mentally.

“Dave’s almost in a military thought process, he thinks you have to do things a certain way.

“With Adam, although everything is thought through and processed, you enjoy yourself whilst working hard.

“I think that’s the type of person Dave needs around him.

“If he puts his mind to it and trains hard, he could be a great fighter in the heavyweight division,” Conlan concluded.

James Copley is a Staff Writer for World Boxing News. Follow James on Twitter @JamesCopley73