You may not have seen Dave Allen fight, in fact, you may not have even heard of him, however tonight, the White Rhino tops the bill at the O2 Arena on a card that features the likes of Derek Chisora and Conor Benn. Allen may not be the most talented boxer of all time, he may not even be the most talented boxer on the card. Yet, despite all of that, Eddie Hearn has listened to the people, and The Doncaster De La Hoya is headlining the event against former World Champion, Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne.
Due to his social media presence, Allen has gained a cult following among boxing fans by providing honest analysis, respectful interaction with fans and laid back humour. Yet, it is his inspiration that, once you are drawn in, makes you fall in love with him.
Dave is just like anyone else, and although you hear this from other athletes and fighters it is, mostly, just not true. Anthony Joshua is an athletic freak, Tyson Fury has a boxing brain that saw him make a fool of Wladimir Klitschko, and Deontay Wilder has knockout power that could potentially kill your average human being. Dave, however, is one of us, he struggles and admits it, he loves Pokemon and early 2000’s wrestling and has a work ethic that your average man can relate to. Yet, that is what makes Dave Allen.
Allen has admitted to having issues with gambling which he talks very openly about to Josh Denzel in Matchroom’s new interview series “Born Fighter”. In February he opened up to fans about having a tough few days. Yet, it is these moments of open vulnerability, that mean the man with a 16-4-2 record, has built a following which secures a headline spot. Dave Allen fans care about Dave Allen and are desperate to see the White Rhino succeed, be it a British title, a Commonwealth title, a European title, or, dare I say it, a World title.
In his candid interview with Josh Denzel, Allen said highlighted a huge positive of the often toxically viewed social media. Allen spoke of his close-knit and small friendship group, stating he doesn’t have many friends, before adding, “it’s nice to have a social media presence because, I have thousands of mates on there.”
A World title fight for the Doncaster De La Hoya is a way off yet, but tonight is the first step towards the goal he believes in. He may not win and maybe the dream will be extinguished as quickly as it appeared. However, that’s not the most important thing, Dave Allen has dared to dream and his thousands of mates will be cheering him on!