Dave Allen finally has the big fight he returned to the sport looking for.
‘The White Rhino’ or ‘Doncaster De La Hoya’ announced his retirement back in November of 2020 at the age of 28.
He cited a lost love for boxing as well as a concussive sparring session with current unified heavyweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk, as the reasons.
He returned less than a year later in August 2021, and has fought and won three low-level fights since then.
Allen made it clear recently that his arrival back in boxing was with the view to having a big domestic fight, but expressed frustration at talks not going his way.
That all seems to have changed now, with the fan-favourite taking to Instagram and announcing his next move.
“Big fight offer given and big fight offer accepted, can’t say nothing at the minute but we’re back.”
Allen has been linked with two domestic fights recently – current British Heavyweight Champion, Fabio Wardley, and 7-0 pro, Frazer Clarke.
The pair were actually ordered to fight each other, but Clarke was pulled from that purse bid by his promoter at the last minute, who believed his man needed more experience under his belt before challenging for Wardley’s.
It’s no secret that the champ is in need of an opponent, and Allen has claimed in the past he is confident of beating Wardley.
The timeline works so that bout could land on Anthony Joshua’s August 12 undercard, however promoter Eddie Hearn previously told Boxing Social that it was unlikely to be Allen challenging. Wether that’s changed remains to be seen.
Clarke is coming off a decision win over heavyweight veteran, Mariusz Wach, and is looking for his next opponent to keep fans interested in his journey from a well-regarded amateur to a professional contender.
More news is expected soon.