Dave Allen vs Lucas Browne as they meet at the O2 Arena in London and live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the USA. Will the popular heavyweight from Doncaster prove that he can mix it on the world stage or will the veteran former heavyweight world champion be able to kick start one last push for the top?
Dave Allen (16-4-2) has captured the hearts of many boxing fans around the country as his often candid interviews about the role of boxing in his life and his fragile mental health have struck a chord with many of the sports followers. ‘The White Rhino’ has often been criticised for failing to get into appropriate shape for fights and, although he is popular, there is a few people who say that he has been given more opportunities that he deserves due to his public persona.
However, in the ring he has proven his toughness time and time again, as despite either not being in shape or simply being given little time to prepare, he has mixed well with the likes of Dillian Whyte and Luis Ortiz. Some people may point to the one sided beating he received against Olympic gold medalist Tony Yoka last year, but when you consider the shape he was in and also account for the fact that Yoka was suspended after missing three drugs tests, then it is fair to assume that is not an accurate of Allen’s ability.
The man hoping to spoil the party at the O2 Arena this weekend is Australian Lucas Browne (28-1). The former world champion was last seen in England on the end of a spectacular knock out from Dillian Whyte, but his pedigree should not be underestimated. The fighter who turns 40-years-old on Sunday captured the WBA Heavyweight championship back in 2016 following an excellent display against Ruslan Chagaev.
However, Browne has never been known as the most slick of campaigners and his game plan will likely be to take out the home fighter with his decent power. ‘Big Daddy’ looked poor against journeyman Kamil Sokolowski last time out but older fighters often struggle for motivation when they are in a contest which has little on the line, especially when they have reached the heights Browne has.
Derek Chisora vs Senad Gashi Predictions and Betting Tips
Derek Chisora vs Senad Gashi predictions and betting tips as they meet on the undercard of Dave Allen vs Lucas Browne at the O2 Arena in London and live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the USA. Will the experienced Brit be able to prove he is still an elite level fighter or will his career show signs of deterioration as he faces off against the big hitting German.
Derek Chisora (29-9) is undoubtedly one of the best warriors we have produced and when he is on his game, he is a threat to any heavyweight on the planet. Although his record does not suggest it, Chisora is an elite world level fighter and although he was ultimately on the end of a defeat, he gave legendary champion Vitali Klitschko all he could handle when the pair met back in 2012.
Chisora has never taken the easy road and has fought a who’s who of the heavyweight division, but he knows that if he is to once again make it to world level, then he needs to defeat fighters who are of the sort of level he is against on Saturday evening. If the man from Finchley is to come through this contest, then he knows that bigger things await him in the future.
The man hoping that Chisora has lost a step or two is German heavyweight, Senad Gashi (19-2). The big hitting 28-years-old was not able to step up to the mark in his last contest as he was knocked out by Carlos Takam, but he knows that if he is able to stop the home fighter this weekend, it should lead the way towards at least a shot at the European title.
Gashi is originally from Kosovo, and has fought much of his pro career in Germany, with 14 of his 19 pro fights taking place in that country. His contest with Takam took place on the Chisora-Whyte undercard, but he has gone on record as saying that contest was not a true reflection of his abilities as he had just three days notice for that fight.
Josh Kelly vs Przemyslaw Runowski Predictions and Betting Tips
Josh Kelly vs Przemyslaw Runowski predictions and betting tips as they meet on the undercard of Dave Allen vs Lucas Browne at the O2 Arena in London and live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the USA. Will the talented boxer from the North East be able to continue his progression in this battle of undefeated fighters.
Josh Kelly (8-0) has had the perfect start to his professional career since turning over and the 25-years-old has already caught the eye of many boxing pundits who are tipping him to have a career at the top level. The man from Sunderland may be in the early stages of his career but he is already seen as one of the men who hold the future of boxing in this country in his hands, so there is high expectations that he will go on and accomplish a great deal.
However, he was supposed to compete with EBU welterweight champion, David Avanesyan, but Kelly withdrew following the official weigh-in and there are different claims regarding his withdrawal. With this in mind, it is essential Kelly puts that saga behind him and puts in a performance to silence the critics this weekend.
Before Kelly can get too carried away, he cannot afford to look past this weekends test as he faces off against undefeated Przemyslaw Runowski (17-0). Polish fighter Runowski is a tough test and he brings in the confidence that comes with fighters who are yet to taste defeat, but given that he has never fought outside his home country, he has plenty of questions that he needs to answer.
It may not rank as one of the biggest fights out there on the world stage, but this weekends clash between Dave Allen and Lucas Browne may pave the way to a potential world title clash in the coming years. Both fighters have admitted that the victor will likely face off against either Derek Chisora or David Price, and a win in that fight would put them on the world title trail.
It is all quite the fairytale as neither fighter would be particularly fancied to go on and win world honours, as Allen has not exactly shone so far in the ring and his opponent this weekend looks like he is in the latter stages of his career.
As for this weekend, Allen may not be the quickest or slickest of fighters, but he certainly ranks as one of the toughest. ‘The White Rhino’ has mixed it with some of the biggest punchers in the division and has rarely looked in trouble, so the chances of a clean knockout appear to be slim. Unfortunately for Browne, that appears to be his only chance of a victory as he is not the same fighter who upset the odds in Russia a few years ago to win the title.
With Allen in possibly the best shape of his career, it is hard to see him failing to get the ‘W’ in this one. However, the odds are pretty short for our liking in terms of the outright result, so we have to work a little harder to earn some value. For us, we think that Allen will simply out work the ageing Australian, and if he can maintain the sort of power displayed against Nick Webb, then he should have enough about him to end the night early.
Although the bookmakers have this fight as pretty one sided, at least as far as the odds go, it does look to be a closer contest than most people are giving it credit for. Chisora rescued his career when he stopped Carlos Takam last year, but anyone who watched the fight knows that he took a lot of punishment before being able to strike with his own power shot.
In Senad Gashi, he is facing off against an operator who may not be world elite, but given that all of his 19 wins have come by stoppage, he certainly possesses power. Gashi has not yet mixed it with the elite with most names on his record pretty low ranked fighters, but he was winning the contest against Tyson Fury’s next opponent, Tom Schwarz, before a pretty questionable disqualification ensured he would be recorded as the loser.
However, Chisora is warrior and as he is now under the stewardship of trainer Dave Caldwell, we don’t imagine he will be allowed to be complacent in his preparations. We can imagine this one being a bit of a war of attrition, as Chisora will no doubt have to weather an early storm before coming through, so backing the fight to go long looks like the best chance of a return.
British welterweight contender Josh Kelly is unfazed at the task in front of him as the talented boxer steps up for the toughest test of his career. The undefeated welterweight from the North East has already proven that he is levels above where he is currently at, but as he goes through the levels, he knows that the people in front of him will not be quite as easy to knock over.
This weekend Kelly faces a man who is easily the toughest test of his career so far but he knows that his opponent has yet to fight outside his home country and has a pretty modest knockout ratio with only three of his 17 wins so far coming by way of knockout.
With the way that Kelly approaches these fights and his relentless style, we cannot see the Pole having enough about him to keep Kelly at bay, and the likelihood of the Brit managing to close the show in some style appears to be pretty high.