Allen-Browne & Chisora-Gashi: Heavyweights in Action at the O2 Arena this Weekend!
By Jack Price
British boxing fans are treated to some decent heavyweight action on Saturday night with Dave Allen and Lucas Browne facing off in the main event and Derek Chisora against Senad Gashi also on the bill at London’s O2 Arena.
Allen and Chisora have become two of the domestic fan favourites over the last couple of years so whilst this isn’t the biggest boxing show we are going to see this year you can expect a good atmosphere in the arena and a lot of people tuning in on Sky Sports.
There’s been questions the entire build-up as to who is going to take the main event spot.
It’s looking more and more likely that it will be Allen vs Browne and I think that’s fair.
Chisora might be the biggest name on the bill but his opponent Gashi is relatively unknown in this country and Dave Allen is growing in popularity all the time and you’ve got a decent amount of British fans that will know the Aussie Lucas Browne especially from his losing effort to Dillian Whyte last year.
So we’ll start with that fight; It’s a hard one to predict a winner and also tough to predict whether it will actually be a good fight or not. It has the potential to be a stinker or an all-out war. Let’s hope for the latter. It all depends on what approach both fighters take and the shape they turn up in. We’ve seen both of them let themselves down before by turning up in bad shape and putting in poor performances but they do both look to be in pretty good condition this time so hopefully we’ll see them both go for it.
It’s make or break for both men really so you’d expect them to leave it all in the ring. The winner of this contest has the potential to go and be in some big fights over the next year or so whereas for the loser it’ll be a long hard road back to even get into meaningful fight again anytime soon.
Dave Allen actually starts as the bookies favourite which is a surprise when you look at their records (Allen: 16-4-2, 13 KO’s, Browne: 28-1, 25 KO’s). Browne is a former world champion, although it was picked up against relatively low level of opposition for a world title fight and he was stripped of the belt straight after for failing two drug tests.
But he has fought at a higher level and got much better wins than Allen. I think it’s Browne’s poor performance in his knockout loss to Whyte and his average outing against Kamil Sokolowski in his last outing that puts some serious question marks over his ability and conditioning which is most likely why Allen starts as the favourite with most people. Allen is also looking in the best condition of his career and looking like he’s finally taking the sport seriously so I think that’s another factor that makes him the slight favourite.
I do think this one can go either way though, and could just come down to whoever’s got the better fitness and whoever starts to break first. I can guarantee that we’ll see both men gassing out by rounds 6/7 and that’s when the action will really start opening up and skills and game-plans will go out the window. When it gets to this stage, big shots will start to be landed and you’d expect someone to be taken out before the final bell. I think Browne has the edge in power but Allen has the better chin and is the tougher of the too. I also believe he wants it more than Browne so it will most likely be him that will start to break his man down and get the victory. Allen in rounds 8-10 is my prediction.
Chisora’s in with a guy pretty much everyone expects him to beat so we’re expecting a big performance from ‘Delboy’. Senad Gashi does carry some power though with 17 knockout victories in 17 wins so Chisora will have to be a bit weary of what’s coming back at him. But the Brit has fought at a much higher level and considering Gashi was stopped in 7 rounds by Carlos Takam, a man that Delboy has knocked out himself, he doesn’t look like he’s going to be a world beater so if Chisora wants one more run of big fights at the top he’s got to be dealing with guys like this in good fashion.
An in-shape, focused and motivated Chisora should get Gashi out of there, most likely in the second half of the fight.
Welsh prospect Joe Cordina is on the undercard in a decent match-up with Andy Townend for the British lightweight title, and we’ve also got Josh Kelly and Conor Benn in action who are potential welterweight domestic rivals for the future a long with Shannon Courtenay taking to the ring for the second fight of her career.