Dave Allen achieved a career best win by knocking out Lucas Browne in three rounds on Saturday night at the O2 Arena.
The popular heavyweight endured a tough opening six minutes before planting home a peach of a left hook to the former WBA ‘regular’ champion’s liver, leaving him crumbled on the canvas.
The first round was a positive session from both men.
Browne appeared to have the more success, finding a consistent home for his jab, which surprised some observers.
In his last fight, the Australian struggled to beat tough journeyman Kamil Sokolowski and many thought he was finished.
However, by the second he looked well in control, landing multiple uppercuts on a nervous Allen.
As the third round began, the ‘White Rhino’ kicked into life and smashed home a violent uppercut of his own, appearing to break ‘Big Daddy’s’ nose.
Dave Allen then slipped a return shot and found an exceptional left hook, drilling it into his opponent’s body.
There was no getting up for Lucas Browne, meaning that an ecstatic Allen could celebrate wildly with Darren Barker, Eddie Hearn and the rest of his team.
In his post fight interview, the Doncaster man explained: “Main eventing is one thing, but I needed to win, I had to win.
“I’ve won now, I’ve beaten a former heavyweight champion at the O2, I want more now.
“He’s not what he was obviously, but it’s a very good win.
“The left hook to the body was beautiful. I was fit, I could do 12 rounds.
“He’s a very good boxer, it’s underrated his boxing skill, but I knew he’d slow down.
“If I can get you to my pace, I’ll beat you.
“I’m unbeatable at a snail’s pace.”
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When asked who he wants next, Allen joked: “Being realistic, I’d like Anthony Joshua on June 1.”
He then replied: “David Price, Dereck Chisora, anyone at all.”
On the undercard, Dereck Chisora beat Senad Gashi on points in a lacklustre affair.
There was also wins earlier in the night for Joe Cordina, Josh Kelly and Conor Benn.
Katie Taylor will fight Delfine Persoon for the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO lightweight world titles on Anthony Joshua’s undercard, June 1 in New York.
The 32-year-old will appear on the show alongside Callum Smith, Joshua Buatsi and Josh Kelly at Madison Square Garden.
Taylor already held three of the lightweight belts and will now fight for the elusive final title to become undisputed ruler of her division.
The Ring Magazine crown will also be on the line – for only the second time in women’s boxing history.
“It’s great that she has finally signed for the fight and I’m delighted that Eddie has been able to make it,” Taylor said when the bout was announced.
“When I turned professional my first goal was to win a world title but then my next priority was to become undisputed champion so obviously this fight gives me the opportunity to do that so it’s massive for my career.
“Women’s boxing is in such great place right now and these are the kind of super fights that will really take it to new heights.
“Persoon is recognised as one of the best in the world pound-for-pound and has been the WBC champ now for over five years so it’s the best against the best. Madison Square Garden seems like the perfect setting for a fight of this magnitude.”
Eddie Hearn told IFLTV that Tommy Coyle vs Chris Algieri will also be on the show, as well as Taylor, Smith, Buatsi and Kelly.
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Eddie Hearn is planning a busy night of boxing when Anthony Joshua fights Jarrell Miller on June 1.
The undercard at Madison Square Garden in New York is likely to feature Katie Taylor’s undisputed title fight against Delfine Persoon, as well as a host of other names.
Eddie Hearn has given a comprehensive update on the show to IFLTV and you can read his summary for each potential fight below.
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Katie Taylor vs Delfine Persoon
Chris Algieri vs Tommy Coyle
You can watch the full IFLTV interview with Eddie Hearn below.