Danny Flexen looks at Dave Allen vs David Price and picks out 3 key advantages that each man possesses going into their heavyweight showdown
Although not the nominal main event of the big Sky Box Office show at the O2 on July 20, Dave Allen vs David Price is the heavyweight attraction that appears to have captured the public imagination. With both men predicting an early finish, I decided to pick out three key advantages for each fighter.
Never knocked out, only stopped by world-class Cuban Luis Ortiz and Olympic gold medallist Tony Yoka and took Dillian Whyte the 10-round distance. Allen has a decent defence but has taken plenty of punishment in his defeats, and remained standing.
Allen is on a run of four inside-schedule victories, with the quality of opposition arguably increasing each time, since his fourth and most recent defeat, to Yoka. He also linked up with trainer Darren Barker before his career-best win, the bodyshot KO of Lucas Browne in April.
He has completed 12 rounds once, 10 sessions on a separate occasion and lasted into the 10th and final heat with Yoka. Price has been 10 just once and has only once won a fight by stoppage or KO after round six (same with Allen, but the latter has had fewer fights). He is known to fade in the latter stages.
Price won the Commonwealth Games and was an Olympic bronze medallist in 2008. He also holds an often-cited unpaid win over Tyson Fury.
Quality of pro opposition
While Whyte and Yoka stand out on Allen’s record, they are his best opponents by some distance and both defeated him relatively comfortably. Conversely, Price has fought Tony Thompson, Alexander Povetkin, Audley Harrison, Matt Skelton and Christian Hammer, losing the international matches but dominating at top domestic level.
Allen can bang, for sure, but Price’s power in the right hand is of the world-level variety, while his uppercuts are also dangerous. With 17 of his 24 wins coming inside four rounds, Price has dropped world-level Povetkin, Thompson and Hammer, plus famously Anthony Joshua in sparring.