Dave Allen makes his return to the ring next month, and is already targeting a British title shot against recently crowned champion, Fabio Wardley.
Allen will make his return on the 18th of February in Sheffield, with no opponent confirmed as of yet.
Although Allen admitted to being an admirer of Wardley, he told Boxing UK that he believed he would prove too much for the Ipswich native.
“I think I’m too experienced for him [Fabio Wardley]. I think he’s great, I’m a big fan of him – he’s exciting. For his inexperience, from a white collar background, he’s fantastic and I do enjoy watching him.”
“But on my best day, I’m too good for him.”
Wardley became British champion with a stunning knockout victory over Nathan Gorman last November – a fight Allen picked him to lose due to lack of experience.
And the 28 year old wasted no time in reminding his potential future opponent of the imprecise prediction, taking to social media to back his own corner.
You said Gorman was to experienced for me and look how that went… 👀
And now you say you’re too experienced for me… 😂 https://t.co/cCOHbcRgh7
— Fabio Wardley (@Fabio_Wardley) January 3, 2023
Allen faced some of the heavyweight division’s elite during the first stint of his career, going through gruelling battles with the likes of Luis Ortiz, Dillian Whyte and Tony Yoka.
His standout win came against former WBA world champion Lucas Browne in 2019, when a crippling body shot proved to be too much for the Australian to recover from and the contest was waved off in the third round.
Wardley has not faced the same level of opposition as Allen, however he has blitzed through almost everyone unfortunate to have shared a ring with him thus far, with only his first professional contest reaching the final bell.