Big Fight Preview & Prediction
David Price vs Dave Allen
After last weekend’s Frank Warren show at the O2 Arena, more British heavyweight hopefuls are in action at the exact same place on Saturday night.
This time Eddie Hearn takes over from Warren on promoting duties, all too predictably on PPV. Dillian Whyte headlines, Dereck Chisora is also in action as his seemingly never ending career continues.
Sandwiched in-between are two domestic heavyweights at different stages of their careers.
David Price the perceived nearly man, takes on the refocused Dave Allen in the co-main event.
You can’t help but like and admire both fighters, sympathise even with their differing back stories. Both have had demons to battle over the years, sometimes it’s as much about fighting outside of the ring, as it is inside it.
Allen (17-4-2) is finally taking the sport seriously, one big right against Nick Webb last July changed his fortunes, maybe even saved his career. Allen’s recent win over Lucas Browne has put him on the verge of something which seemed so unlikely not so long ago.
Price (24-6) just won’t give up on his dreams, despite numerous setbacks. The Liverpool heavyweight has been written off so many times, and you worry and admire equally about his desire to carry on.
Both are at the lower end of the British top 10 rankings, but the winner moves on to a level that perhaps they shouldn’t be near.
People forget what a heavily touted prospect Price once was. The Liverpool fighter won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics and started his pro career in impressive fashion.
But then it all went wrong, Tony Thompson stopped him in 2013 and in truth Price hasn’t been the same since. An ill-judged immediate rematch saw Price lose again. The pressures and the expectations were too much for Price on the night, mental frailties played a big part in his demise in the rematch.
Despite his best efforts Price has struggled ever since, all his defeats have come inside the distance, and his career looked over when Alexander Povetkin blitzed him.
But Price is still around at 36, and goes into this fight on a two-fight winning streak.
Allen after taking the wrong fights, and other fights at too short notice, has got his career going. Allen is the fresher fighter at 27, and has won his last four fights including his win over Lucas Browne three months ago.
The fight is rather optimistically scheduled for 12 rounds, the likelihood is it won’t get anywhere near that.
Allen is far too easy to hit, and is a slow starter, not ideal against a big puncher who starts fast.
But Allen has shown to be durable enough in the past, and you can’t really see him getting blown away. Price hits hard enough to warrant respect, but Allen looks capable of riding out the storm that will surely come his way.
Price will give it his all, and might even drop Allen, but at some point he will start to gas and unravel, and Allen will then find the punches to get his man out of the way by the 6th.