Dave Allen has once again ruled out a fight on the Whyte v Chisora 2 undercard after previously stating his intention to stay out of the ring until 2019.
A busy 2018 saw Allen involved in no fewer than six scraps, winning four drawing one and losing another.
With plans afoot for a title push in the New Year, Allen explained his decision to WBN in an exclusive interview back on November 28.
“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.
Rumors began to swirl last week that Eddie Hearn would once again look to draft Allen into his latest Pay-Per-View show on December 22.
Former Anthony Joshua and Dereck Chisora opponent Carlos Takam was even named as the potential foe. But in true Allen style, the ‘Doncaster De La Hoya’ said there’s no chance.
“I’m not fighting Takam in two weeks, (the) only thing I’m fighting around this Christmas period is obesity,” smirked Allen.
Pushed by a fan on social media on how his fight was going, Allen added: “I’m probably two or three rounds down. I suffered a 10-7 round today after a 14-piece Bargain Bucket!”
On a serious note, Allen is keeping himself fit helping Dillian Whyte prepare for Chisora next week.
The 26 year-old is already singling out possible targets for another Commonwealth title shot in the spring.
“I’m of the thinking and setting up preparation to be fighting April 13th against (Lucas) Browne,” he stated.
Browne is firmly on board with this idea as both have talked up a meeting for several months.
‘Big Daddy’ is on the comeback trail following two knockout wins and fancies the Allen fight on the forthcoming Joshua bill in London.