By Elliot Foster
David Allen could be set to return sooner rather than later.
The Conisbrough heavyweight returned to winning ways on Saturday on the back of two defeats at the hands of Dillian Whyte and Luis Ortiz.
Allen (now 10-2-1, 7 KOs) took just 31 seconds to get rid of Hungary’s Lukasz Rusiewicz at Hull’s Ice Arena, as part of the undercard to Gavin McDonnell’s brave but ultimately losing effort at the hands of Rey Vargas for the vacant WBC world super-bantamweight title.
And the 24-year-old, who was originally scheduled to fight again on the undercard of Kell Brook’s IBF welterweight world title defence against Errol Spence Jr. in May, could see action much earlier than first thought.
Promoter Eddie Hearn, who praised Allen after his latest victory and is treating him as something of a project, revealed that ‘The White Rhino’ could box across one of the next two weekends, either in London on March 4 or on March 11 in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
“We’re going to give [David Allen] three or four fights to learn and get some experience and some confidence,” Hearn told iFL TV in the aftermath of his first show of 2017, “and then he’s going to be slung in a fight.
“It might be Ian Lewison, it might be Sam Sexton, these kind of levels. But I like him, I think he’s incredibly tough, I think he can fight and I think he deserves a break –– and I’m going to give him the opportunity.
“He’s either going to box next Saturday at the O2 Arena [exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office, as part of the undercard to David Haye’s heavyweight grudge match with WBC cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew] or the Saturday after in Germany [as part of the undercard to Jack Culcay’s WBA ‘regular’ super-welterweight title defence against former WBO king Demetrius Andrade].”
‘Scene understands Allen’s next outing will land on the Haye-Bellew card but further details will be revealed in due course.
In other news, Boxing Scene has been informed by Hearn that Gamal Yafai, the Commonwealth super-bantamweight champion, will return to action on March 11, as part of that aforementioned undercard to Culcay’s WBA ‘regular’ super-welterweight title defence against Andrade.
The 25-year-old undefeated Birmingham man (10-0, 4 KOs) will box over eight rounds against a to-be-named opponent before boxing on May 13 at the Barclaycard Arena in his home city.