David Allen jumps at chance to face French big man

David Allen
David Allen

David Allen insists he had no hesitation in agreeing to face a late change opponent in Sheffield tonight.

The unbeaten Doncaster heavyweight had been set to fight Adam Machaj for the vacant Central Area title only for the Lancashire opponent to withdraw through injury.

After a frantic search for an opponent, Allen agreed to fight former France heavyweight champion Fabrice Aurieng.

“Stefy [Bull, manager] mentioned the name and as soon as he mentioned it I said yes,” Allen said.

“I keep up to date with all the heavyweights around that I could potentially fight.

“But it could have been anyone. I would have taken anyone.

“I’m very happy with the opponent. it’s a good solid fight.

“We’d have definitely fought on Saturday but the fact we’ve got a good opponent, it’s even better.”

Tonight’s fight is arguably now a tougher one for Allen.

Aurieng is more experienced with 17 fights, ten of which resulted in ten wins, coming as far afield as Japan and Guadeloupe. Original opponent Machaj has fought just seven times.