DAVE Allen has been granted a plethora of high-profile opportunities by promoter Eddie Hearn.
Some have been lost due to a lack of preparation, while others have been due to circumstances out of his hands, including a short-lived rematch against Lenroy Thomas.
However, Hearn has warned the likeable Yorkshire-based heavyweight that the looming assignment against hard-hitting Australian Lucas Browne (28-1, 24 KOs) is a whole different ball game.
“He’s talked a good game many, many times and he’s got to deliver,” Hearn told iFL TV.
“He talked a big game against Lenroy Thomas, the first fight, and didn’t deliver. The second fight he had his chance to, but was unlucky, I actually believe he would’ve delivered that night.
“He delivered against Nick Webb, [but] this is another level. A completely different level.”
The 27-year-old Allen (16-4-2, 13 KOs) has fought some of the best operators at world level, including Dillian Whyte, Lucas Ortiz and Tony Yoka, he is yet to secure a meaningful win.
While Browne’s last outing in London proved to be ill-fated, the 40-year-old appears to be in career-best shape for this make-or-break fight.
“He’s got to take this seriously, otherwise he’ll get sparked out,” added Hearn.
“If he went in fat and overweight, he would 100 percent lose, he would. If the Bracamonte performance turned up against Lucas Browne, he would lose this fight.
“I would say that was about 15 percent, I reckon now he’s at 80 percent.
“The stuff with Darren Barker (Allen’s new trainer) is great, but we don’t know how it’ll turn out. It might be a disaster, it might be unbelievable.
“But the great thing about Dave Allen, is that you just don’t know. You’ll always tune in to find out.”
The heavyweight fight between Lucas Browne and Dave Allen will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 506, starting at 4.00am EST.
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