Heavyweight fan-favourite, Dave Allen, found redemption in the ring at The O2 on Saturday, claiming a fourth-round knockout of the previously undefeated, Nick Webb.
Allen, who took the fight on short notice, was coming off a TKO loss to French prospect, Tony Yoka, and had signalled his intent to hang up his gloves just days before accepting the fight.
From the opening bell, Allen came forward, but it was Webb who controlled the tempo with his jab and landed the pick of the power punches. Allen found his target on occasion, but couldn’t match Webb’s success.
As we entered into the fourth round, Allen had soaked up a lot of punches, with little reward. However, the tide quickly changed when Allen rocked Webb with a powerful right hand. Moments later Allen caught Webb with a huge right, sending him crashing to the canvas. Webb tried to make it back to his feet, but his legs buckled and the referee called a halt to proceedings.
“That was a life-changing moment,” said a teary-eyed Allen in a post-fight interview with Sky Sports. ” That was worth everything.”
“I want to thank everyone, and I would thank them all individually, but the big thank you must be to myself for being who I am!
“I am never going to be world champion, but I knew I could compete at this level.”