Doncaster’s rookie ‘White Rhino’ wants to go the distance

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Knockouts are generally top of the agenda for heavyweight fighters but all big-hitting David Allen wants is rounds under his belt, writes Liam Hoden.

The unbeaten Conisbrough fighter demolished another opponent inside the first round for the third consecutive fight, moving to 4-0 in his pro career.

And while plenty will see that as a good thing, rookie Allen is desperate to pick up experience over a considerably longer distance.

“I’m just after rounds right now so I can build my experience,” said the 21-year-old.

“Knocking kids out is okay but at this stage of my career I want to be tested over distances.

“I’ll be out twice again before the end of the year so hopefully they can find some opponents who will last a bit longer.”

‘The White Rhino’ sparked out opponent Oliver Nagy in just 45 seconds in Houghton-le-Spring on Saturday night.

The outing was the first since April after a shoulder injury for Allen, who won the CYP championship and four Yorkshire titles as an amateur.

He said: “It’s been frustrating with the injury but it’s good to get back in there and I’m feeling strong.

“I’ve got a physio on board, Mark Roe from Sheffield Therapy Centre, and that’s helped me massively.

“I’m still young so I’ve got plenty of time to get the experience and all being well I’ll have had a couple more before the New Year.”

Allen is now training in Leeds with Mick Marsden, working alongside Stuart Hall and John Murray.

He is scheduled to be back in action on the Dennis Hobson Promotions show on November 29 at Ponds Forge in Sheffield.

Jamie McDonnell will end a difficult fortnight by penning a deal with Matchroom Sports, The Star understands.

The Hatfield fighter was last week stripped of his IBF world bantamweight title after failing to sign a contract for a mandatory defence before the given deadline.

And the Doncaster fighter was told on Tuesday that the appeal against the decision had failed.

But the 27-year-old will embark on his quest to be a champion again as early as next month.