Dave Allen Gets A Second Chance At Lenroy Thomas On Joshua Undercard | LAST CHANCE FOR ALLEN?
The White Rhino David Allen has been given a chance to redeem himself in a rematch against Lenroy Thomas for the Commonwealth heavyweight title. After losing by split decision on the Brook vs Spence Jr undercard back in May many thought this may be the end of the road for Allen.
Previously to this loss for the then vacant title, Allen had taken back to back losses in his last 2 fight of 2016. First, he faced Dillian Whyte in his only other title shot so far in his career on the Leeds Rumble undercard when they battled for the vacant WBC heavyweight international title. He lost to Whyte by unanimous decision and then went on to fight again in December fighting at the Manchester Arena on the Anthony Joshua vs Eric Molina undercard.
Allen faced the undefeated Cuban Louis Ortiz who was 26-0 before fighting the White Rhino. This fight was taken at short notice with very little time to prepare for such a tough opponent. Prior to stepping in the ring with Ortiz he only had 11 fights, 1 of those was a draw and the other was his previous fight against Whyte. Allen managed to make it to the 7th round before losing to Ortiz by TKO.
After Watching the fight back 2 or 3 times and speak too Luis Ortiz himself and a few others I am proud of my performance I am getting better with every fight as I am very inexperienced and still very young, fighting the world number one two stone overweight and unfit is probably more stupid than brave but I will be back and a British Champion in 2017 👊👍
After this Allen was back in the ring quickly fighting again in February 2017 getting an impressive first round TKO victory over Lukasz Rusiewicz. This was a fight Allen was expected to win as Lukasz had lost his previous 4 fights before this and losing 28 of his 50 bouts.
Allen was back in the ring less than a month later when he faced Sheffield’s David Howe at the London O2 Arena winning in the second round by KO. Although Howe is 12 years older than Allen their records at the time were similar so could be looked at as a better test for the White Rhino.
With 2 impressive performances in a short space of time, Dave Allen was back in the mix and given a second chance at a heavyweight title on the Brook Vs Spence undercard. We all know what happened when they met the first time in this bout and many fans believed that this was the end of the road for Allen. Have a look at some of the comments by fans on twitter.
David Allen can go back to working the doors and he’ll have more success. Absolute dog shit of a “Boxer” #BrookSpence
— Mancunia (@mancunia7) May 27, 2017
David Allen is a jokes bloke but he’s not a good boxer at all 😂
— Ryan Brown (@Rizla_BA) May 27, 2017
David Allen is an awful boxer. No skill whatsoever.
— 🇬🇧Gaz🇬🇧 (@GrazerThe) May 27, 2017
I wish David Allen was a good a boxer as he is funny, love the man anyway 🥊
— Richard Kelsey (@RIKelsey92) May 27, 2017
David Allen is the worst professional boxer I’ve ever seen
— Sharples (@AlexSharpless) May 27, 2017
The White Rhino himself thought his dreams were over uploading this image and post about Lenroy Thomas to his Instagram account.
It seemed Allen was upset with the loss as he didn’t post anything training related for a couple weeks after being used to seeing him get straight back in the ring. This was confirmed when he put this post on his Instagram sharing that he was not feeling good after the loss and as a result, he had been partying, gambling and not watching what he was eating. Allen also made a promise to his fans that he was going to get himself sorted and come back better than ever aiming for title success.
I’ve had a rough few days, I been eating I been gambling I been feeling like shit but I’m about to go full Mike Perez on myself and sort my shit out, social media is gone and you aren’t going to hear from me for a while but I will be back and im going to start walking the walk and paying you good people back with a title 👊👍
Allen was back in the ring a couple months after his loss getting a 3rd round TKO victory over Tom Dallas at the Brentwood Centre. After the events at Brammal Lane, it was good to see the Rhino get a win as he is very entertaining to watch and personally had hopes he would take his career more seriously.
Many people including Allen himself don’t believe he is the best boxer in his division at the moment however, he is definitely 1 of the more entertaining fighters and has the ability to develop into a boxer that could cause a lot of people problems in the squared circle.
Recently it was announced that Anthony Joshua would be facing his IBF mandatory Pulev in Cardiff at the end of October. Shortly after this it was announced that Allen has been given a second chance to face Thomas with the Commonwealth title on the line again.
However, if Allen doesn’t beat Thomas this time is it all over for the White Rhino’s career? Although he has said himself that this is revenge or retire I personally think at his young age Allen still can make something of himself.
After showing he has a very strong chin, lots of raw talent, even when he isn’t at his best and fittest manages to give decent opponents a run for their money maybe the issue with Allen is more mental.
I can’t help but feel that if he was more disciplined and focused we would see a different and improved Dave Allen. We will have to wait until fight night in October to see if he delivers on his word to be in his best shape yet and if that will be enough to beat Thomas for the title.
If Allen gets the victory then no doubt he will be going for European and International titles but how do you think he would do against a Parker or Fury at a world title?
Do you think this is Dave Allen’s last chance to prove himself?