Allen-Price official for July 20

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The expected matchup between British heavyweights is set.

When Dave Allen was asked prior to his April 20 win over Lucas Browne what was coming next if he did get that victory, he said/cracked, “Eddie Hearn said to me, ‘If you beat Lucas Browne, you can fight David Price, possibly Dereck Chisora.’ I said, ‘I’ll fight David Price, please.’”

Allen (17-4-2, 14 KO) will indeed face Price (24-6, 19 KO) in a matchup of British heavyweights who have their quirks, let’s say, on July 20 at London’s O2 Arena. The fight will be part of the Sky Box Office card headlined by Dillian Whyte vs Oscar Rivas. U.S. broadcast hasn’t been announced yet, but DAZN is the lead candidate.

Allen, known for a charming personality and an exciting fighting style, said, “This is the fight that I’ve wanted for years. I wanted it three years ago but it probably wasn’t the right fight for me at the time. Now it’s the right time for me and it’s the biggest domestic fight out there. There may be other fighters out there that are better than us but I think me and Pricey have two of the biggest fanbases in the UK.”

The 27-year-old Allen is promising a short, entertaining fight, and for once that’s probably a boxing promise you can bank on.

“We’re both really exciting fighters and we can both punch, either of us could end it with one shot,” he said. “It’s a great fight and one that I’m really excited to be involved in. This won’t go past four rounds. I’m going to try and outbox him and I’m going to try and take him out with one shot as early as possible. I want to beat him in the first two or three rounds while he’s still fresh and at his best. His game plan will be to try and knock me out within the first few rounds so the fans will love it.”

Price (24-6, 19 KO) is a former top prospect whose promoters and fans had hopes of him being Anthony Joshua back before Anthony Joshua ever came along, but his career was derailed by a pair of losses to Tony Thompson back in 2013. Chin and stamina issues have plagued him throughout his career, but at 35 he’s still got a bit of name value in the UK, and he can still punch.

And in today’s heavyweight division, even a semi-notable win or two can vault just about anyone into a fight with Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury.

“I think me and Dave Allen have been slated to fight a couple of times in the past and it hasn’t happened for whatever reason but this time there’s big upsides for the winner. There’s a hell of a lot on the line which makes for an intriguing fight,” Price said.

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