Dave Allen, 258 1/2lbs, seems a lovely guy and – given the time to develop his craft – could build himself into a decent operator at British level but the common consensus was that the Doncaster born heavyweight had no real business being in the ring with Luis Ortiz, 241 1/4lbs.
Strangely, the talented Cuban has had his reputation shredded by fans since signing with Matchroom and found himself fighting a virtual novice over eight rounds during the late afternoon.
Ortiz may not have the quickest feet but at his best he makes up for it with pretty fast hands and intelligent use of angles. This wasn’t Ortiz at his best.
Allen (9-2-1, 6 KO’s) was clearly keen to make the most of his opportunity but although he did far better than expected this proved to be a step too far for the 24 year old.
Despite some showboating in the opener and some brief spells of resistance from Allen, Ortiz began to land with increasing regularity in the second and third rounds. ‘The White Rhino’ did land a pair of rights in the fourth but Ortiz stepped on the gas on the seventh and ended matters at 2.59 of the round.
Where Ortiz (27-0, 23 KO’s) goes now remains to be seen but with a heavyweight title seemingly behind every door of the advent calendar, surely he needs to hunt out a big fight.