After years of disappointment and underwhelming fights, Dave Allen finally produced the goods on the big occasion at the O2 arena on Saturday night.
From turning up to big fights out of shape to being better known for his tweets, 20th of April may be the night that Allen was first taken seriously as a heavyweight contender.
Last out on the Bellew vs Usyk undercard five months ago, Allen struggled against Argentinian Ariel Esteban Bracamonte who retired with an injury at the end of the 7th round.
Eyebrows were then raised when Dave Allen vs Lucas Browne was announced as the main event of a stacked card at the O2 in a non-title fight.
Lucas Browne who was brutally knocked out by Dillian Whyte last year at the O2 and was put down by journeyman Kamil Sokolowski last month was arriving into London perhaps at last chance saloon having also just turned 40.
Onto the fight itself, where both heavyweights tried to establish a jab early on without doing too much more to the frustration of the London fans in attendance.
To be fair a limited amount took place in the fight until the stoppage. Cleverly ducking a right hand from Browne, Allen straight away threw a wonderful body shot with his left hand that many heavyweights would have struggled to take.
Browne who was on the floor a lot longer than 10 seconds, went down in classic body shot fashion without showing any sign of making the Referee’s count.
Celebrations were wild with Darren Barker, Eddie Hearn & co as Dave Allen instantly stated his intention to be involved in more fights as the main feature.
The rest of the night included:
Arguably the performance of the night, Joe Cordina stopped Andy Townend in the 6th round to claim the British title in a dominant performance.
Clearly the smarter boxer, Cordina was making Townend miss from the first bell until the last, making the Yorkshireman pay on several occasions.
Now the British & Commonwealth lightweight champion after only 9 fights, Cordina may spend a limited amount of time at domestic level.
Josh Kelly successfully defended his WBA International Welterweight title against previously unbeaten Polish fighter Przemyslaw Runowski. Knocking down the tough Runowski, plenty of showboating was on display from Kelly who is clearly on another level after only 9 fights.
Previously expected to next appear on the Anthony Joshua undercard on June 1st, Kelly suffered a cut during the fight, throwing that appearance into doubt.
In a frustrating outing, Dereck Chisora successfully made his return to the ring in a one-sided fight against Senad Gashi. Gashi, who looked in good shape and had been given plenty of notice before the fight, looked like a journeyman who’s main aim was to not get knocked out.
Chisora was awarded 3 one-sided judges’ scorecards in his first fight under Dave Coldwell as the Londoner looks for more big fights during the latter stages of his career.
Conor Benn made his return to the ring after 9 months out to make his 14th professional appearance against Josef Zahradnik from the Czech Republic.
Getting caught occasionally and showing signs of rustiness, Benn got through the 8 rounds with relative ease, dropping his opponent in the 7th round.
After a lengthy period out of the ring and still only 22, Benn who is also rumoured to make an appearance on the AJ undercard in June may have another fight against a lower level opponent before stepping up in class.
Making his first appearance since losing to Richard Riakporhe, Sam Hyde made short work of Jozef Jurko who came into the contest with a record of 5-1, dispatching of his opponent towards the end of the first round.
John Harding Jnr marked his debut at the O2 with a solid performance, winning every round of his first 6 round contest against Miroslav Juna.
Shannon Courtenay impressed as she returned to the ring a month after making her professional debut in another landslide points victory.
Exciting American prospect Nikita Ababiy made his UK debut as well as his debut past the 1st round as he stopped Dimitri Faltin early in the 2nd round.
Finally, Super-Bantanweight Sam Cox impressed as he dispatched dangerous journeyman Georgi Georgiev over 4 rounds.