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Dave Allen and David Price meet to decide their future

Dave Allen and David Price clash with a grim outlook for the loser, writes Daniel Herbert
Dave Allen
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THE undercard for the big Whyte-Rivas show is packed with several intriguing fights, chief among them the heavyweight clash between David Price and Dave Allen. This 12-rounder brings together two men going in different directions, career-wise, but should provide plenty of entertainment whoever wins.

Ex-British and Commonwealth king Price is a former outstanding amateur – a 2008 Olympic bronze medallist, no less – whose pro career began brightly before fading with a string of crushing inside the distance losses. Some were down to opponents being doped-up and some down to his alarming propensity to run out of energy, not helped by his unusually large frame (6ft 8ins, 18st).

David Price
David Price has had a trying professional career Action Images

Allen’s career has progressed the opposite way around. He turned pro solely to earn some money and campaigned for several years as a journeyman, relying on his innate physical toughness and fighting spirit. But he gradually became more serious about the sport, working harder in training and showing that there are some fine skills to go with his funny-man persona.


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