Boxing: ‘Sky’s the limit’ for Conisbrough heavyweight Dave Allen

Dave Allen
Dave Allen

Dave Allen is targeting more domestic success after outpunching veteran Larry Olubamiwo in Newcastle on Saturday night.

The Conisbrough heavyweight, who recently begun training under Peter Fury, is keeping himself grounded after forcing 35-year-old Olubamiwo to retire after two rounds through injury.

Allen caught ‘The War Machine’ with some big punches in the first two rounds and a stoppage seemed on the cards before the Londoner called time on the fight from his stool before the third round was due to begin.

Having previously admitted to approaching fights in less than his best condition, Allen feels as though his recent link-up with the uncle and trainer of Tyson Fury has got him firing.

“I felt great out in the ring on Saturday,” he said.

“It’s the first time I’ve gone into a fight in decent shape.

“Since I’ve been training under Fury I’ve lost a lot of weight. I’m in a lot better shape since I started there.

“Everything slowed down because I was able to get a breath.

“Larry retired after the second round with a shoulder injury, but the fight wasn’t going much longer regardless.”

Having stated before last Saturday’s fight that his opponent would struggle to go the distance, Allen was proved right as youth and athleticism prevailed over experience.

A rising star of the British heavyweight division, Allen maintains that more experience is key to his progression.

“I’m now ranked number 15 in Britain,” he said.

“I’m also ranked pretty high globally now, but I need to get a few more wins under my belt first of all.

“The sky is the limit now.”

Also on the card at Newcastle’s Metro arena was Doncaster’s Jason Cunningham.

The Woodlands bantamweight made it 12 straight wins against Romanian David Kvaratskhelia, forcing his opponent to retire after four rounds.