British heavyweight David Allen: I’m made of marble. I’ll stand and trade with Luis Ortiz

Could once-beaten British heavyweight David Allen be the fighter who “comes to win” against Luis Ortiz in the Cuban’s next fight, set for December 10 in Manchester? Promoter Eddie Hearn was as dissatisfied as anyone else with Ortiz’ wide but dull decision win over a negative Malik Scott at the weekend, vowing later to find a far more game opponent for “King King” on the Anthony Joshua-Eric Molina bill.

Enter, possibly, Allen. The 24 year-old, most well known for his July fight with current British heavyweight champ Dillian Whyte, when “The White Rhino” was soundly outpointed over ten rounds, spoke with Sky Sports and he promised he would do his part to make a “great fight” if he got the chance to fight Ortiz, 26-0(22). Maybe Hearn, who has less than a calendar month to get a suitable foe for Ortiz, has found his man.

“After seeing him on Saturday night, I fancy the job even more,” Allen said of Ortiz. “He looks older than the real King Kong, so why am I going to fear a 70 year-old man? I don’t think he’s what he’s hyped up to be, but I will give him more opportunity than Malik Scott to show he is the real deal. I’ll stand in front of him and see what he’s about. I’ll stand and trade because I can’t do anything else. You can expect a fight, that’s for definite. The Dillian Whyte fight was disappointing. I watched it back and I didn’t let my hands go. I’m made of marble and if I get swinging, I have a bit of power as well.”

Allen, 9-1-1(6) promised he would “not run away” and he assures us Ortiz “will not blow me away.” With a limited budget at his disposal due to an already stacked card, maybe Hearn will be able to secure Allen’s services at a reasonable price. At least Allen will come to fight, which is more than can be said of Malik Scott. Would Ortiz get his chance to score an eye-catching KO win against Allen, or would the Doncaster man manage to put a few dents in Ortiz?

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