In his latest column with Metro.co.uk, the British boxing legend previews Dave Allen’s return to the ring on a huge night for Fightzone and looks ahead to US debuts for Daniel Dubois and Tommy Fury.
Allen can return with a vengeance
Boxing is a very hard game. Dave Allen has had a great career already for somebody who is only 29 years of age. He has fought some great names but it is hard. Day in, day out, every day of your working life you are training and training, even if you haven’t got a fight lined up.
So sometimes, having a couple of years away to try and enjoy life and recharge the batteries is the best thing you can do. Sometimes in doing that, you come back better, stronger and with a vengeance.
Dave has had some tough fights over the years, he has mixed it up at a very high level. If this is his last go, I don’t blame him one bit for trying. We all sit at home like I did at one stage, thinking: ‘Should I give it one last go?’ If it comes off for him and there is every chance it will, there is no reason why he can’t come back strong.
But for some reason it doesn’t turn out like we all hope it is going to turn out for him, hopefully he can hang the gloves up and we can remember the good times he had in the ring. I’ve been friends with Dave a lot of years, he’s a great lad with a great sense of humour, He used to come down the gym all the time and spar with my heavyweight at the time Nathan Gorman. You couldn’t meet a nicer lad.
My own boxing comeback
When you are friends with people like that, you don’t want to see your boxing friends get hurt. And I don’t want to see Dave get hurt just like when I made my comeback in 2012 against Vyacheslav Senchenko, people didn’t want to see me get hurt. That is always the case. So I wish him all the best, there is no reason why he can’t come back stronger. But if it doesn’t work out, I hope he hangs them up.
Dave has had a few problems in the past, like myself. You always must try to understand the person, what they have been through, what might be going through their mind. I wanted to make my comeback. I didn’t want fight after fight, there were a few demons in my head I needed to get rid of which I did against Senchenko.
My comeback, even though it ended in defeat, was one of the biggest successes of my career because I was able to move on with my life. I understand why people might be worried because Dave is loved so much, but you don’t always understand what’s gone on and what the individual’s circumstances are. You have just got to give them the support they need and hope it is a success.
It is a perfect environment for him to do this, we can have a look and see what he is all about and see what he still has left. I think we would have been a lot more worried because of how highly we think of Dave had he gone straight in against an unbeaten prospect at the Manchester Arena or the O2. No, that’s not what we want. The opponent and the stage is perfect for his first one back.
Dave has spoken a bit about his hopes of another go at the British title but he knows you’ve got to walk before you can run. Get the first one out of the way and take it from there. It is all about opportunities and making the most of them at the right time. You don’t want to be jumping the gun and move too fast, let him have a couple of fights and see what the championship situation looks like then at all levels, English, British, even area titles. Let’s let him get the fights out of the way, get his foot back in the door and look at the options from there.
New season for Fightzone
This feels like the start of the new season for Fightzone. It is a huge card headlined by Anthony Tomlinson taking on Dante Jardon for the IBO inter-continental welterweight title. Also on the bill you’ve got Michael Gomez Jr taking on Kane Salvin for the Central Area super-featherweight title.
As a boxing fan and a sports fan in general, it’s been nice to see the football stadiums letting full crowds back in and it’s nice to see the boxing shows back properly too. There is no better time to be back in there with a big show.
We can’t blame Tommy Fury for chasing Jake Paul
Elsewhere this weekend, Daniel Dubois and Tommy Fury are looking to make a statement on the Jake Paul v Tyron Woodley bill. The way Daniel was coming on, knocking people out left right and centre, the American fight fans will have heard of him, no doubt.
Before he got that defeat to Joe Joyce, he was making real big waves, the progress he was making was brilliant. Believe you me, they will have definitely heard of Daniel Dubois and the American fans will be waiting with baited breath to see what he’s really got. We all know what he’s capable of this side of the water, now it’s time to make a splash that side of the water.
Tommy Fury is a big name already. Given time he will hopefully make his name in the ring as well. He comes from a fantastic fighting family, it’s definitely in the blood. I trained with Tommy not so long back and I know what he’s capable of.
If he wants to go for the Jake Paul fight, who can blame him, that’s where the money is. But I think they will be excited, everyone in America knows who Tyson is so they will be waiting to see if this is a novelty or not. Tyson’s little brother or the real deal? I think it will be the latter.
Tommy has got to go over and do the business otherwise they’ll just say it is the little brother jumping on the bandwagon. But that’s not the case. Tommy trained in my gym for a few years and he moved on. He wants this game really bad and I think he is about to prove himself in America.
I think it’s very similar to the situation with Campbell. When he turned professional, he was known as Ricky Hatton’s son. People thought it might be a bit of a novelty act but Campbell is proving bit by bit that he’s serious about this game. And this is a opportunity for Tommy to prove the exact same.
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