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David Allen to fight Rio Olympic Champion!

The popular heavyweight will travel to Paris to fight on June 23rd

By Aaron Cooper   - @intuboxingfm

Popular British heavyweight, David Allen will travel to Paris to fight Olympic gold medallist, Tony Yoka on June 23rd at the Dome de Paris-Palais des Sports in Paris, France. 

Allen is desperate to get his career back on track following a frustrating few years. Allen has been active this year but has suffered very mixed fortunes of late. We last saw 'The White Rhino' at the start of last month, stopping David Howe in four rounds on the undercard of the British middleweight title fight between Tommy Langford and Jason Welbourne. 

Prior to that fight, Allen shared the ring with Lenroy Thomas in what was a rematch of their May 2016 bout. The first bout saw Allen suffer a split decision loss to Thomas for the vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title. The rematch ended no better for Allen as a nasty clash of heads opened a gash that the referee deemed worthy to stop the bout. Because the bout ended in the first round a technical draw decision was awarded. Thomas has since gone on to lose the title to Joe Joyce on the undercard of Haye/Bellew 2. 

Yoka has made a positive start to his professional career winning all four of his bouts, stopping three. It is worth noting that all four of his opponents had winning records at that time and that his debut opponent was 12-0. Yoka will go into the fight with a four-inch height and a staggering seven-inch reach advantage over the man from Conisbrough. Allen has been chosen by the Frenchman's team for his durability having gone the distance with world level heavyweights Dillian Whyte and Luis Ortiz, although Allen was on the wrong end of a unanimous decision and stoppage loss to Ortiz. 

The Rio gold medalist will need to be careful though, as it is fair to say he has not looked great in his opening bouts, despite winning by stoppage in three. In Allen, he faces a man with everything to lose and if another loss is suffered will effectively be relegated to journeyman status.