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Allen vs Browne :: The Feel Good Factor

Posted: 21-04-2019
Author: Andy Farr

 Dave Allen vs Lucas Browne
 12 Round Heavyweight Contest
 Saturday 20th April 2019
 O2 Arena, London
 Matchroom Boxing
 Sky Sports, DAZN

Matchroom Boxing's O2 Arena bill headlined by Dave Allen's step-up in class bout with former WBA regular heavyweight kingpin Lucas "Big Daddy" Browne was an enjoyable evening's boxing where we weren't being sold "A good international bout"  as being  "World-class boxing."

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. 

David Allen vs Lucas Browne poster
David Allen vs Lucas Browne was an old fashioned heavyweight scrap between 2 tough guys.

Again in the 3rd, Allen was being pushed back 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 may be 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.