Heavyweight Fabio Wardley who is under the tutelage of Dillian Whyte has invited talk of a potential match up against David Allen and is in good spirits after being touted as a possible opponent by the 27-year-old, who is aiming for the British honours in 2020.
Crowd favourite Allen makes his anticipated return on the undercard of the Kell Brook-Mark DeLuca bill in Sheffield on February 8, with aspirations of targeting the prestigious Lonsdale belt by the end of the year.
With Allen rebuilding from a 10th round stoppage defeat to David Price, a rematch against Nick Webb could also be on the cards but the “White Rhino” also has plans to mix it with Wardley or Nathan Gorman at the back end of the year in a big domestic clash.
Speaking to the media Allen has been quoted as saying: “The Webb rematch is one I could see down the line, I think I need two or three steady jobs to come back to.
“Nick Webb is a good fighter, a nice man, but I don’t think he will reach British title level. I would love to fight him, maybe in an eliminator, or just in a fight.
“I really like Fabio. I sparred with him a year ago, I think he’s a lovely fella and he’s a good fighter as well. He keeps improving. I see him being in the British title picture in the next 12 months.
“Him and Nathan Gorman, they are the youth of the heavyweight division. They are the young pretenders coming up and they’ll have to beat a man like me for the British title, if they want to win it and progress. Those two are the first that come to mind when I think of prospects in the heavyweight division.”
Wardley has made his ambitions clear to first fight for the English title with Simon Vallily in a meeting which should of happened previously but subsequently had to be rescheduled after an eye injury put the fight on hold, but the heavyweight from Ipswich would welcome a battle with Allen in the future.
The undefeated 25-year-old who holds eight wins on his record, told the media: “If anything it gives me a buzz that someone like Dave Allen, who was headlining his own show at The O2, and has had big fights with big names, is now saying that he wants to fight me.
“I’m going to take a lot of inspiration from that really, that I’m on my way up and I’m making some noise. That’s definitely a fight that I would love to have.
“I think it would be the ideal fight for me. I think it would be a nightmare for Dave, to be honest. I just don’t think our styles go together well for him.
“Don’t get me wrong, I’m not as big and I’m not as tall and rangy as David Price, but I can box you just the same. I can pick you and move. I do think it would be the worst option for him, but if he wants it, I’m there. I would happily have it.”
In my personal opinion I strongly believe it would be a wise decision for Allen to continue slowly building his career, picking up wins on a domestic level and staying relevant on the British circuit, avoiding unnecessary punishment up at world level.
With the potential of a fight against Wardley or Gorman on the horizon at the back end of the year for the British title, it would certainly be a great achievement for the man from Doncaster to have the chance to pick up his first major trinket.
Written By Kenny Leavett.