Dave Allen returns victorious from his defeat to David Price, while Martin J Ward dazzles ahead of a likely world title shot in 2020
A couple of notable early results from the Kell Brook vs Mark DeLuca undercard at Sheffield Arena. Likeable cult heavyweight hero Dave Allen returned from a humbling defeat to David Price in July and eased his was back with a six-rounder against Dorian Darch, who had been beaten inside schedule nine times, had not won in his last eight fights and was not brought in to do so here. He is a nice guy though, the Welshman, and Doncaster’s Allen was keen to give him the payday. It proved a surprisingly competitive affair early on, as Allen stayed patient while Darch tried his best but wasn’t quite good enough to triumph. That all changed in the third, after Allen had received a verbal barrage from his corner. He came out far more aggressively, landed a left hook that clearly buzzed Darch, who bravely said ‘Come on’ as Dave hesitated, and a double left, up then down, dropped him. A barrage upon the resumption, culminating in a flush short left, ended matters.
Waiting patiently for a world title shot, talented Brentwood super-feather Martin J Ward did as most expected against Mexican Jesus Amparan, outboxing an aggressive opponent with fast, sometimes flashy flurries on the counter. Amparan came into their scheduled 10-rounder at 16-1 and had never been stopped, but Ward, in his prime now at 28, outclassed the import, dropping him in round seven with a straight right to the body. He drew a little wry shake of the head from his opponent in the next, after making him miss with a couple before landing a sweet left hook. Amparan nonetheless toughed it out, rising from a second knockdown in the final session (left hook downstairs), only to lose 100-88 for the scoring referee. “Wardy”, beaten only once and trained by Tony Sims, is as ready as he’ll ever be for his shot at glory.