Dave Allen vs Lucas Browne result: ‘White Rhino’ knocks out former champion with beautiful third-round body shot

21 Apr

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.

Dave Allen won by third-round KO

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.

Lucas Browne started the fight well

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.

Darren Barker celebrated with Dave Allen after the win

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.

Anthony Joshua was planning to make his US debut against Jarrell Miller on June 1 in New York

“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.”

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 vs Delfine Persoon officially announced for Anthony Joshua undercard, June 1 in New York; Eddie Hearn details more plans

17 Apr

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.

Katie Taylor is currently in possession of three of the four major world titles

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.

Katie Taylor wants to become undisputed champion in her 14th fight

“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.

Eddie Hearn details undercard plans for Anthony Joshua vs Jarrell Miller including Kell Brook

20 Mar

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 is Anthony Joshua’s promoter

Eddie Hearn has given a comprehensive update on the show to IFLTV and you can read his summary for each potential fight below.

Katie Taylor vs Delfine Persoon

“I’m trying to make that fight for that date. We have a deal in principle, it’s just whether they sign a contract. Everything’s agreed.”

Chris Algieri vs Tommy Coyle

“It’s looking very likely, Algieri vs Coyle.”

Callum Smith

“Possibly, [it’s] more likely May 18 at the moment on the Usyk card. Just a voluntary defence, we’ve got a few guys in mind. It’d be the first of quite a quick schedule for Callum Smith. I want him to box three times this year. I want him to box May 18, then August or first week of September and then December.”

Kell Brook

“Very likely. Yes, basically. Sorting out [his opponent] at the moment.”

Joshua Buatsi

“We’ll see how he gets on on Saturday. I would love Buatsi to box on that card, but he’s very meticulous in his preparations so he wants to see how he feels after Saturday and he’s got to win on Saturday.

Josh Kelly

“Josh Kelly will box on that card, obviously he’s fighting April 20 and a big step up planned for MSG.”

You can watch the full IFLTV interview with Eddie Hearn below.