David Allen ‘has potential to test Anthony Joshua’

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David Allen can be the man to truly test heavyweight hope Anthony Joshua - but only if he applies himself in the right manner.

That is the verdict of promoter Stefy Bull as the Conisbrough big man prepares to return to the ring at Doncaster’s Dome this weekend.

Olympic gold medalist Joshua has smashed his way through his early professional career and is widely tipped to become world heavyweight champion in the next few years.

In contrast, Allen’s dedication to his craft has waxed and waned since he turned professional almost three years ago.

But Bull says there is no questions over the talent the ‘White Rhino’ possesses.

“I truly think that at some point down the line that David Allen can be the fighter that gives Anthony Joshua a run for his money,” Bull said.

“People will think that is a bold statement but I know all about the talent that David has.

“It’s the things he does that you don’t see heavyweights do - bending, rolling, shoulder turns.

“He’s a very talented kid and I think he can go far.

“But the one ‘if’ with David is his application. If he gives his all to the sport, he can go a long, long way.”

Allen has been out of the ring for almost 15 months and is taking his comeback this weekend as a chance to shake off any ring rust and get back into shape.

The 23-year-old has dropped a lot of weight in preparation for this fight, showing a decent amount of dedication largely training alone in Leeds.

Bull said: “You can see David is excited about this fight and he’s put plenty in to getting in good shape.

“He’s living in Leeds with his partner so he’s done a lot of training by himself and plenty of running which he says he’s not really done before.”

The 23-year-old has dropped a lot of weight in preparation for this fight, showing a decent amount of dedication largely training alone in Leeds.

Bull said: “You can see David is excited about this fight and he’s put plenty in to getting in good shape.

“He’s living in Leeds with his partner so he’s done a lot of training by himself and plenty of running which he says he’s not really done before.

“He just comes down to do work in the gym when he gets the chance so it’s good to see how much he’s put into it.

“I just keep thinking about what we could do with him if he was in the gym on a regular basis but I think that will come.”

Darfield lightweight Robbie Barrett was due to fight on Saturday night’s bill but has been forced to withdraw due a trapped nerve in his back.

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