British heavyweight Dave Allen has announced his retirement from the sport.
The 28-year-old in Allen, has fought the who’s who at heavyweight and beat the likes of Lucas Browne, and David Howe. He also fought Dillian Whyte, Luis Ortiz, and David Price among others. However, Allen explained his retirement in an Instagram post.
“Hello everyone, I hoped I would never have to write this message, never mind at 28 with my last fight being when I was 27 years old but I made the decision a few nights ago with my sister that I would no longer from that moment on be a professional fighter, boxing has given me a life I could never of dreamed of, I had never been out of Doncaster but for school trips till I started boxing and it’s taken me round the world from New York City to working men’s club all around the uk, as well as seeing the world it has taken me from the kid brought up in a council house with yellow doors wearing Umbro to a man who still wears Umbro but owns a few houses and who has given myself a chance to give my future kids a life I could only have dreamed of, on top of and more importantly I have made the greatest friends, some of them being my childhood heroes, the list of thanks would be far to long but I hope everyone knows who they are and know they are appreciated, lastly the reason for me calling it a day is simple, I don’t want to get punched anymore, long gone are the days of the kid from donny who just wants to fight, all I want now is a nice quiet life with a wife and some kids healthy and happy getting nice and fat,” he wrote.
Dave Allen then posted the video of the spar with the following caption.
“Here is the spar with me and Usyk. Was the last spar and if you can hear at around the five-second mark I do a very loud snore,” he wrote. “This is my last idea of what happened for the next 30 minutes but I didn’t go down. I finished the round but for all intents and purposes I’m knocked out from the second the left lands.”
Although Allen is only 28, his health no doubt comes first and we wish him the best in retirement.