David Allen says Sheffield’s Richard Towers is still the best local heavyweight - but he’s hoping to catch him.
The 22-year-old seven fight novice also reckons he is not far off challenging for a domestic title.
Conisbrough’s aggressive ‘White Rhino’ is unbeaten with four KOs to his name and is hoping to be in action again this month. After recently sparring with Wladimir Kitschko, Alllen believes will soon be able to land a title. “After seeing the effort Klitschko puts in I know what is needed to go up the levels” he says.
“I am not far off domestic title standard, I just need to get a run together and turn up at every fight in great shape. There are some decent fighters locally, Richard is the pick of the bunch. He is the most experienced. I’ve known him since I was a kid and have a lot of respect for him. He’s been training with Adam Booth in London will fight at York Hall soon.
“Then there is (Rotherham’s) Kash Ali who is looking to head towards the British title. Carl Spencer (Doncaster) and Carl Baker (Sheffield) are still around the scene and then there is David Howe (Sheffield) who can be a handful. But I am learning from the best like Klitschko and Anthony Joshua and want a title myself.”
n Shawn Porter, who lost his world title to Sheffield’s Kell Brook, is modifying his style to ‘avoid clinching and holding’ opponents. He says he has sympathy for current sparring opponents: “I get a little rough with them when they hold me. It is weird; as soon as I begin to be held I revert back to the (Brook) fight and puts me in a mind-set that I can’t allow it.”