Fan favourite Dave “The White Rhino” Allen knocked out previously undefeated prospect, Nick Webb, in the fourth round of their British title eliminator.
Both Allen and Webb took the fight on short notice. Webb came in as the hot favourite with the bookies at 1/6.
Dave Allen came in as a 7/2 underdog, just four weeks after a brutal TKO loss to French gold medalist Tony Yoka.
Webb, on the other hand, had knocked out 10 of his previous 12 opponents. He looked in control of the fight in the opening three rounds.
Webb used strong hooks to clip his opponent as he walked him down, and won the first three rounds very comfortably.
Allen landed a few decent shots, but didn’t do enough to claim the rounds, and it looked like an all too similar performance to previous ones.
That changed in the fourth when Allen landed a strong left hook to the body, and startled Webb. Allen then fainted, and launched a spiteful overhand right that knocked Webb to the canvas. Unsteady and unable to get back to his feet, the referee waved the fight off.
I cannot quite believe what I have just witnessed
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) July 28, 2018
Where next for the White Rhino?
It will be interesting to see where “The White Rhino” goes from here. He called this fight “one last throw of the dice”, and that win or lose, this could be the end of the road.
However, he did state in the post fight interview the fight was a “life-changing performance”.
Speaking to iFL TV, Allen said he was taking the rest of the year off, and that taking the Webb fight was probably too soon. However, he did point out that if that is what he is capable of doing with three days of training, should he apply himself in and out of the gym, domestic level honours are within his grasp.
The British title is currently held by Hughie Fury. Fury has suggested that he would vacate the title to pursue world level honours.
Allen could therefore fight for the vacant title in the near future.