Dave Allen announces shock boxing comeback with new promoter after retiring from sport last year, wants British heavyweight title

Dave Allen has revealed that he is going to return to boxing, despite retiring from the sport just five months ago. The ‘White Rhino’, who is one of Britain’s most popular fighters, quit the sport at the age of 28 last November. He told talkSPORT he was ‘scared to fight’ having been hospitalised after the […]

Dave Allen announces shock boxing comeback with new promoter after retiring from sport last year, wants British heavyweight title

Dave Allen has revealed that he is going to return to boxing, despite retiring from the sport just five months ago.

The ‘White Rhino’, who is one of Britain’s most popular fighters, quit the sport at the age of 28 last November.

Allen retired with a record of 18-5-2
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He told talkSPORT he was ‘scared to fight’ having been hospitalised after the David Price defeat and said he’d ‘had the fight beat out of me’.

Now though, the heavyweight is 29 and has seemingly found a new mindset.

On Friday, Allen posted an image of himself with promoter Dennis Hobson and announced: “I had a meeting today and I wanted to come back and box, but I want to come back at a low level.

“My career was never handled properly really, due to my own fault, me not being patient and whatever else.

Allen’s new promoter will be Dennis Hobson
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“So I wanna come back, I wanna enjoy my boxing, I wanna win, I wanna win titles – whatever titles they may be.

“So the plan is to come back at a lower level and win and the fighters I train, get them boxing on bills, use my name on this new platform that hopefully I’ll be working on.

“So I will be boxing again, but I won’t be coming back and fighting Alen Babic and Fabio Wardley for at least 12 months.

“I just wanna come back and enjoy boxing. I’m not making a comeback for the money, otherwise Id just go and sell myself to the highest bidder.”

Allen’s last fight came against Dorian Darch, a return win following the David Price defeat
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Allen was supposed to box Christopher Lovejoy back in October, but the fight fell through due to last-minute contractual issues, prompting his retirement decision.

He also had a worrying moment sparring Oleksandr Usyk in Ukraine.

Regardless, he explained earlier this week when teasing the potential comeback: “I feel f***ing hungry, I wanna f***ing fight some c***, so we’ll see what happens…

“I want about six, six/eight-rounders and then I want the British title when I’m finished with them.

Allen is one of British boxing’s most popular fighters
Dave Allen (Instagram)

“I wanna f***ing batter them, that is what I want, so we’ll see what happens…

“If I went with Eddie [Hearn] straight away, I’d be doing like an eight-rounder, a ten-rounder, then a big fight.

“I would wanna do five/six six-rounders, a couple of eight-rounders, then hopefully a British title fight. It’s not about the money…

“My old man would train me. He’s the only one that ever got me really fit…

Allen left the ring on a stretcher and went to hospital after the Price defeat
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“This week I’ve trained once every day, trained twice on Monday actually…

“My dad’s probably the man who’s taught me the most out of everybody.

“He was a good boxer, he knows his boxing.

“Obviously we clash and that, but if I came back I’d get the old band back together.”