Dave Allen is seemingly ready to have another go at the big leagues with a return in February and then a search for a ‘big fight.’
The fan favourite heavyweight once headlined London’s O2 Arena against Lucas Browne, ending proceedings with a crisp left hook to the body and delighting the fans in attendance.
Whilst there have been plenty of highs for Allen, he has taken punishment too. He suffered a sore defeat to David Price after the Lucas Browne fight, which added to a loss tally of five – the others coming at the hands of Dillian Whyte, Luis Ortiz, Tony Yoka and Lenroy Thomas.
‘The Doncaster De La Hoya’ retired from the sport in November of 2020, citing a concussion in sparring session with Oleksandr Usyk as one of his reasons as well as losing his love for the sport.
Now, after two lower level four-rounders in the interim, Allen is set to return to the ring on February 18 in Sheffield with an opponent yet to be announced.
Whilst it’s unlikely to be a big name, he’s adamant that those will follow, with fans suggesting the likes of Nathan Gorman, Fabio Wardley and Alen Babic.
Before the fight news, Allen shared a picture of his weight loss transformation, with many commenting that he might be able to squeeze down the WBC bridgerweight limit of 224lb.
Following the positive reception from fans, Allen promised a big year.
I don’t have much to say, February 18th I intend on making a statement. I am back to fulfil my potential and make 2023 a big year but I’m back and I’m healthier and happier for it, if I can win a few fights bag a title and make a few quid even better.”