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Dave Allen to make return on Oct. 19 in Newcastle

The heavyweight looks to bounce back from a massive setback.

Robbie Davies Jr v Lewis Ritson Matchroom Boxing Press Conference Photo by James Wilson/MB Media/Getty Images

Four months ago, Dave Allen was on top of the world, coming off of a third round knockout win over Lucas Browne in a card he headlined at London’s O2 Arena. There was talk of the affable heavyweight being just a fight or two away from a potential title shot, as unlikely as that once seemed.

A month ago, those hopes came crashing down, as Allen was routed and stopped after 10 rounds by David Price on the Whyte-Rivas card back at the O2.

But after some brief thought given to possibly not fighting on, the 27-year-old “White Rhino” is headed back into action on Oct. 19, when he faces an opponent to be named in Newcastle, part of Matchroom’s Davies-Ritson bill, which will stream on DAZN.

Allen (17-5-2, 14 KO) is even less likely to make a run at a title shot now than he was before, and he was always an underdog in that regard. But it’s good to see him looking to get back on the horse.

You can expect a soft touch here, and reasonably so. Even if Allen is never going to be on that world stage — and again, it’s really unlikely — there is still the domestic level, where he could be a player, and he’s well-liked and a nice addition to a card.