Matchroom Boxing’s O2 Arena bill headlined by Dave Allen’s step-up in
Browne has slipped back a long way from the hard punching, intimidating heavyweight that went to Russia and scored a 10th round Tko of Ruslan Chagaev back in 2016.
He won the first 2 rounds against Allen, landing some excellent uppercuts that knocked the 27 year-old Englishman’s head back. Allen was forced on to the back foot for the most part but used his underrated boxing ability to stay with the big Aussie.
Again in the 3rd, Allen was being pushed backwards when he landed what appeared to be a hard jab that immediately brought blood pouring from Browne’s nose, seconds later Allen cleverly slipped to his left hand-side and uncorked a perfect left hook to the ribs of Browne.
The fight may not have been between world-class heavyweights, but that finishing left hook to Browne’s ribs definitely was world-class. As tough a man as Browne is, he had no chance of beating the count, I doubt many heavyweights would.
The respect between the two combatants after the fight reminded fans of why boxing is such a good way of teaching respect to youngsters. Lucas Browne maybe facing retirement after this conclusive loss, but he still smiled and took his defeat like the man he is. Respect to the big fella from Perth.
The Jarrell Miller (#MillerGate) fiasco has brought shame on the sport, especially the heavyweight division this week, so Allen vs Browne has at least gone some way to restore boxing’s good name.
As for Dave Allen, who knows what lies ahead? He is nowhere near the level of Joshua, Wilder, Fury or even Whyte and Ortiz, but he has put himself in line for some big nights on Sky Sports Boxing. David Price is already being brought into the subject as a prospective opponent for Allen and that would be a thriller while it lasted.
Let’s hope that the likeable Yorkshireman keeps training hard and tries to reach his full potential. Who knows, we may all be surprised how far he gets.