Yorkshire’s David Allen (9-1-1, 6 KOs) has told Sky Sports that he has signed on to meet David Price (20-3, 17 early) and is waiting for the Liverpudlian to sign his side of an-all British heavyweight dust-up.
The heavyweight contender’s last fight was in July—a decision loss to Dillian Whyte—and he has since trained alongside Whyte. The 24-year-old believes the fight is a perfect crossroads clash and he is happy to meet the 33-year-old on the undercard of Tony Bellew’s maiden WBC cruiserweight title defence against BJ Flores on October 15.
“I received a message, and I hadn’t been planning on fighting,” he said when speaking to Sky Sports. “The David Price fight was put to me, and I accepted it—the time, date, even the money. It’s all on that man, now. The fight wouldn’t have been offered to me if he hadn’t been spoken to about it.”
However, Dave Coldwell, Price’s trainer and a Britishboxers.co.uk columnist, has told me that a deal is not on the table and that his man is looking to secure a showdown against Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs), Anthony Joshua’s number one contender, on the Londoner’s November 26 Manchester Arena undercard.
“He’s not had a contract,” revealed Coldwell. “This has been blown out of proportion. We are waiting on Parker [who meets Alexander Dimitrenko this weekend]. If Parker doesn’t get ‘AJ”, then we get Parker on the Joshua bill. No disrespect to Allen, but that’s what we are waiting on so we will see what happens with Parker on Saturday night.
“Allen is not what we are looking at at all. Parker is world-ranked, a fight against him on the Joshua bill gets David closer to a world title shot. People said that Price needs to beat someone credible to get Joshua, so he said: ‘Get me Parker’. If he beats him then how much more credible can he be?
“We’ve not had an offer for Allen, all the work behind the scenes is seeing what happens with ‘AJ’ and what happens with him getting [Wladimir] Klitschko or Parker, but if he can’t fight Parker then we will fight Parker.”
Indeed, Coldwell told me that they would take a fight with Joshua in a heartbeat if the offer came through. “AJ” recently said that Price is “irrelevant” to him yet Coldwell told me that the former Olympian still has plenty of options and would be a viable one for Joshua.
“Joshua is the IBF champion, but how relevant was he to other champions before he got that belt?” he asked. “He got the belt because Tyson Fury got stripped, so it is what it is—if he thinks David is irrelevant then it is up to him. On the other hand, he has a fight coming up and they’ve not announced anyone yet. Let’s see what happens.”
“One hundred percent,” he said when asked if Price would take the Joshua fight. “If the fight got offered he’d take it. He is training, ready to fight and up for offers. I understand what Joshua might be saying, he is world champion now and Price is building himself back up again, so it is not a harsh comment, just an opinion, but if Eddie [Hearn] cannot get him an opponent then we are here.
“Parker’s talking about fighting Price anyway, he doesn’t seem in a rush to fight Joshua in November, so if they’re worried about an opponent then look no further because ‘Pricey’ is here. What they want to worry about is the idea of taking on Bermane Stiverne, because that is a tough, tough fight as Joshua is still a work in progress. He will only get better, but there is no point rushing him in against Stiverne just yet.
“We’ll keep doing what we’re doing, but if the opportunity comes we will take it. If we get Parker and beat him then Price becomes number one contender for Joshua, so he’ll be very relevant if that happens.”