When it comes to entertainment in boxing, certainly on the UK scene, Davidthewhiter1, PapiDeLaUltimateRhinoAllenJnr or if you prefer, or just plain old David Allen has got to be right up there in the pound for pound rankings.
Whether weighing in with his skimpy gold undies, addressing subjects from the complete random to world issues – on his entertaining v-log or raising a giggle for his ever expanding hoard of Twitter and Instagram followers, more often than not he is providing a smile for somebody somewhere.
But don’t be fooled by his fun persona, as its not only outside the ropes where he is capable of generating smiles.
Back in July he tore up the script when dismantling the previously unbeaten and heavily touted Nick Webb, stopping him in 4 rounds and on Saturday night he continued his education with a 1st round stoppage of the Syrian, Samir Nebo.
Now Nebo is no world beater, however to throw some perspective on Allen’s performance, one of Nebo’s career highlights was a 5th round stoppage of Andrei Mazanik, an opponent who subsequently took former heavyweight title challenger Manuel Charr in to round 7. So Nebo must have something about him and would have been expected to put up more resistance than he managed.
However, some savage body assaults left him folded in agony, as the personable Allen moved closer to his ultimate target of the British Heavyweight title.
After cutting through the domestic scene at lightweight, in rapid time, Lewis Ritson took the inevitable step in to European class and was left found wanting a little. In a close fight, Ritson’s seeming inability to adapt from his one paced, single power shot approach, allowed his Belgian opponent to rack up the points with his higher and more varied punch output.
Hurt to the body in the mid rounds, Ritson was unable to fully recover, but showed grit and mental strength to tough out the fight, remaining more than competitive when many may have succumbed.
He will no doubt learn and come again – and with VIP’s own Tommy Coyle throwing his hat into the ring, a big domestic match up would be an enticing prospect for 2019.
Across the pond Terrance Crawford enhanced his pound for pound credentials stopping the previously unbeaten Jose Benavidez with just 18 seconds remaining in the 12th and final round.
Widely ahead on points at the time, a safety-first approach could have been expected, but after a spiteful build up which had developed into a personal grudge, Crawford was determined to stamp his authority and he did just that, overwhelming Benavidez to force the ref’s intervention.
Now by his own acknowledgement David Allen has his limitations and he will never be a world champion in the class of Terrance Crawford.
However his realism is a refreshing welcome to the domestic boxing scene and should he fulfill his dream of a British title in 2019, there will be nobody in boxing that begrudges this pound for pounder, his moment in the sun.