Plenty of people declared David Allen mad to agree to travel to Paris to face reigning Olympic super heavyweight champion Tony Yoka.
And they may well have been right.
But despite suffering a tenth round stoppage at the clubbing hands of rising star Yoka, Conisbrough fighter Allen once again showed himself to be among the toughest heavyweights in the world – and again the undisputed king of charisma.
Wearing a red beret, the man known as the White Rhino walked to the ring in the French capital to the sound of the ‘Sexy Boy’ entrance theme of WWE legendary wrestler Shawn Michaels – a self-deprecating move as he sported a gut which backed-up his assertions he was not in the best shape.
In truth, once the bell rang he never looked like earning a considerable victory against Yoka.
The jab of giant Yoka kept Allen at bay and he regularly followed up with big shots to head and body.
Allen offered little in return and his assault grew more erratic as he searched for the big shots to bring the stoppage he increasingly needed as the fight wore on.
From the start of the tenth Yoka consistently landed clubbing blows to Allen’s head. Though he tried to cover up, Allen could not keep his opponent at bay and threw very little back in return.
Though he attempted a clinch, Allen was shrugged off and Yoka continued his assault until referee Christophe Fernandez mercifully stepped in.
Yoka - who beat Britain’s Joe Joyce in the Olympic final in 2016 – joined top heavyweight Luis Ortiz on an exclusive list of men to have stopped Allen early.
While his toughness continues to go without question, future career prospects for Allen are less clear.
His certainly has plenty of work to do if he is to land the major domestic titles he craves.