Dave ‘Papi Pay-Per-View’ Allen is set to make his return on the undercard of the Usyk Bellew card next Saturday.
The Doncaster de la Hoya is experiencing a rejuvenation in his career after dramatically knocking out Nick Webb on the Whyte Parker card in July. Allen called the fight a “throw of the dice”, and after landing a perfect over-hand right, he looks to have turned a corner.
After reportedly purchasing his first house, training regularly, improving his diet and even taking on a protege, the British public’s favourite boxing character is looking at a run at the British title.
The opponent for the Nov. 10th card is still unconfirmed. However, Allen has hinted heavily that the opponent is likely to be undefeated Canadian, Chris Norrad.
We waiting for word back on a 16-0 Canadian now so hopefully be Him, training going okay will be a little lighter than I was for Newcastle https://t.co/EJv677gcWV
— David De La Kernel (@davidthewhiter1) October 30, 2018
Norrad hasn’t shared the ring with the same calibre of opponent that Allen has. For instance, he was even pushed to a split decision against cruiserweight journeyman, Frank White. White held a record of 7-5-2 with 4KO’s at the time.
In his last outing, on the other hand, Allen stopped Syrian born German heavyweight, Samir Nebo. Allen landed a perfect left hook to body that folded Nebo, and left him unable to beat the count.
Allen’s status as a fan favourite led to a chorus of “There’s only one Dave Allen” ringing around the Metro Radio Arena being sang by 11,000 Geordies. The moment clearly meant a lot to Allen, who showed his gratitude on Twitter – calling the moment one of the “top 7 moments in his life”.
The White Rhino is currently at a training camp with his protégé, Danny Murrell.
From a fans perspective, it is fantastic to see Allen doing so well, and taking his career so seriously. After overcoming battles with depression, gambling addiction and periods of fluctuating weight, the Rhino is back on the prowl. The split decision loss to Lenroy Thomas looked to be a low point for Allen.
After a brutal loss to Olympic Gold Medalist Tony Yoka (who not long after was banned by French Anti-Doping for missing 3 drugs tests), it therefore looked like the end of his boxing career was looming. However, you count the Rhino out at your peril. A month later he knocked out Nick Webb and suddenly doors began to open once again.
Alongside the main event on Nov. 10th, the only other announced fight is a lightweight bout between former world champion, Anthony Crolla, and former IBO title holder, Indonesian Daud Yordan.
We all know Eddie Hearn’s game by now though. PPV in trouble? Call on Papi Pay-Per-View.