Dave Allen and Lucas Browne were friendly before the fight, and they’re friendly after the fight. But they promised to throw with bad intentions once the fight was on.
Allen and Browne were pretty quiet in the first couple of rounds, with the 40-year-old Aussie Browne, a former secondary heavyweight titleholder, looking like perhaps he’d nicked the first two frames.
But Allen drilled Browne with a left hook to the body in the third round, and Browne went down, a pained grimace across his face. It was a perfect shot, and Browne just couldn’t beat the count, giving Allen the knockout win, the biggest of his career.
Allen (17-4-2, 14 KO) has long been well-liked and popular, but he now says he’s taking his career more seriously. In a main event at the O2, he got the sort of win that has eluded him thus far in his career.
For Browne (28-2, 24 KO) it’s probably more or less the end of the line. He was brutally knocked out by Dillian Whyte last year, and struggled in his last outing in March against a low-level club fighter. With this knockout loss to Allen, it’s hard to figure him ever really getting in the heavyweight race again. He could get some notable fights, but he’ll very much be “the opponent” if he does.
“I beat a former world heavyweight champion at the O2, but I want more now. I’m greedy,” Allen said after the fight. “Lucas Browne is a tough man — he’s not what he was, obviously, but it’s a very good win. It’s a very good win.”
Allen also, in typical Allen fashion, threw his name in the hat to face Anthony Joshua on June 1 at Madison Square Garden.
“I need big fights,” Allen said. “Being realistic, I’d like Joshua on June 1st. No, I’m gonna go home, enjoy it, then we’ll see. David Price, Dereck Chisora, anyone at all.”
He added, “This is one of the top five best nights of my life, and I’ve had some interesting nights.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn said we could see the 27-year-old Allen back on July 20 on the undercard of the just announced Dillian Whyte vs Oscar Rivas fight.
“It’s a big night for Dave Allen,” Hearn said. “David Price, Dereck Chisora, I think they’re great fights for the Dillian Whyte undercard in July.”