Dave Allen is a popular fighter in the UK. Endearingly honest, extremely tough and a decent fighter to boot. The 29-year-old has lost just five times in 26, and those defeats have all been against top heavyweights like Luis Ortiz, Dillian Whyte and David Price.

A pro since 2012, the pinnacle of Dave’s career to date are a couple of unsuccessful shots at the Commonwealth Title but the Conisbrough man isn’t finished yet.

After a break from the sport, ‘The White Rhino’ now has a brace of wins under his belt and headlines at Newcastle’s Hilton Hotel on Saturday March 19 LIVE on Fightzone against Bulgaria’s Milen Paunov. The East European, who has won five of 13, is lined up to give the returning Yorkshireman some rounds but, in heavyweight boxing, every fighter is just one punch away from an upset.

Still a big name and always a big draw, there are potentially some huge fights out there for Allen amongst the world’s big-men but the Fight Academy man knows he cannot afford any slip ups. Also on the bill on what will be a feverish night in front of the Northeast fans is Tommy ‘The Hitman’ Hodgson, 4-0, from North Shields, who will make his first appearance as a pro in his local city.

Anthony Ornsby, 5-1, from nearby Wallsend will also be looking for a win in front of his home crowd. First-timers make up the rest of the bill with debuts for Doncaster’s Harrison Hobson, Newcastle’s Kai Richmond and Sunderland-based Pole Ryszard Lewicki.

Thought you knew everything about Big Dave Allen? Think again – read on…

First started boxing? I had my first amateur bout when I was 18.

Favorite all-time fighter? Has to be James Toney.

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a boxer? My strength and my laziness!

What’s the hardest thing about being a pro fighter? I would say dieting … or trying to diet.

Name one fighter you would like to face in 2022? Alen ‘The Savage’ Babic.

Your favorite meal? A Sunday dinner.

Which actor would you choose to play you in a movie about your life? Robert de Niro or Denzel Washington are my favorite actors.

Favorite city? New York or Newcastle!

Your boxing ambitions? I would say winning a British Title and headlining at the O2 Arena again.

Who is your biggest inspiration? I’ve never really been the ‘inspired by others’ type but now I have baby on the way things are different…

Tell us an unusual fact about yourself? I can speak German!

What is the first thing you’d buy if you won the lottery? A detached house and a horse.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time? Retired, training, managing and promoting boxers/boxing.

Name five guests (dead or alive, real or fictional) you’d invite to a dinner party? James Toney, Roy Keane, my nan, Will Smith and The Rock.