David Price is never involved in a boring fight and he returns on Saturday. Frankie Monkhouse believes there's reason to support the underdog...
"prepare for a thrilling contest that could go either way and end at any stage of the fight"
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Following the drama of last weekend's British heavyweight title fight involving Daniel Dubois and Nathan Gorman we remain in the top division as four more fringe men aim to catapult themselves into championship contention.
Dillian Whyte headlines at the 02 Arena when facing off against unbeaten Columbian Oscar Rivas but there's an undercard bout that has split opinion in the build-up. David Price aims for his 25th win as a professional in 31 fights when taking on the entertaining Dave Allen. The winner of this one will go on to bigger and better things, leaving the loser to contemplate retirement.
Price divides opinion
You either love him or hate him. Price continues to divide the boxing public. When first turning pro with a knockout win over David Ingleby in 2009 at the Echo Arena the 6ft 8inch power puncher looked to have all the attributes to be the next big thing in the division.
He had size, strength, ring craft and could box. The Liverpool banger had people excited. That was until he came up against Tony Thompson and the American exposed his chin. The Tiger downed Price inside two rounds in Liverpool before finishing him in five a few months later in a rematch critics said Price was crazy to take on so soon. They were right.
With his reputation left in tatters, many believed a man with a suspect chin should retire from heavyweight boxing as soon as possible but David refused to listen. He got back on the bike and won his next four, climbing through the ranks, before it all happened again. Price met German Erkan Teper in the summer of 2015 and failed to see the end of the second round.
He was back to square one in a game of snakes and ladders. Price's career has followed a similar path since, a few wins followed by a crushing KO defeat and his record now stands at 24-6-0, 19 of his wins coming by knockout, stopped in each of those six defeats.
Traders appear to have seen enough and they offer David Price as second favourite in this match. Those still loyal to the cause, despite numerous set-backs, can back the scouser at 13/8 on the Betfair Sportsbook. A KO win is 15/8, the points verdict a chunky 16/1. That looks on the generous side and is sure to attract attention from lovers of the value.
Allen on a run of knockout wins
Opponent David Allen is no stranger to defeat himself and takes part in what will be his 24th paid contest with a record showing 17 wins against four defeats and a couple of draws. The Yorkshire native has won 14 of his bouts by knockout, resulting in a 61% KO average, and has been stopped twice. Those numbers tell us to prepare for a thrilling contest that could go either way and end at any stage of the fight. Viewers will be on the edge of their seat from the first bell.
White Rhino has been stopped by Luis Ortiz and Tony Yoka, the latter coming in the 10th and final round of a bout last summer in Paris. Since then the 27-year-old won each of his next four, all before the end of the seventh round, a run that would've done wonders for his confidence. He was last seen getting rid of Australian tough guy Lucas Browne at this venue in April, finishing Big Daddy with a sickening body shot in the third round of a fight scheduled for 12. That result means each of Allen's last nine wins have come inside the distance.
Keeping that run of form in mind, it's little surprise to see the betting come down in support of an 18th career win. He has confidence, power and a run of form. Another KO/TKO will earn backers a shot at 4/6, market best price on the Sportsbook. That's favourite in the method of victory market, a points win written off as an 8/1 play.