Doncaster heavyweights’ big date

Dave Allen has a winning mentality
Dave Allen has a winning mentality

DONCASTER heavyweight David Allen feels that he and Carl Spencer are capable of bringing credibility to British heavyweight boxing.

It was a disastrous weekend for Liverpool hopeful David Price after he was embarrassingly stopped in the second round by ageing American Tony Thompson.

On the same night, Audley Harrison, also the wrong side of 40 and a long-time underachiever given his amateur credentials, won an entertaining but low quality Prizefighter.

Conisbrough’s Allen and Spencer from Bentley are very much the new guard and go in search of wins this Saturday night at the Don Valley Stadium.

Both face Hungarian opposition. Allen describes his, Laszlo Peczeli, as being a “20-stone big boy”, whilst Spencer is in with the smaller Peter Erdos.

Although no longer training stablemates following Spencer’s move to Brodsworth with Kev Burton and former professional Andy Roberts, the pair remain friends.

Allen, who grew accustomed to sparring with Olympic super-heavyweight gold medallist Anthony Joshua, believes that he and Spencer have different qualities and are capable of being forces to be reckoned with.

Allen, aged 20, said: “I’m not sure many people expected Carl to do much but he hasn’t put a foot wrong since turning professional.

“Carl’s a big, powerful lad and he can hurt anyone on his day. I’m more of an old-school fighter, I roll my head around and have got skills.

“I’m with one of the most well-known trainers in boxing in Kevin Sanders and along with Dennis Hobson they’ve got a winning mentality that’s bringing me on.

“Me and Carl are worth keeping an eye on.”

Doncaster light-middleweights Jason Ball and Adam Jones both suffered defeats on the road over the weekend but neither were outclassed.