Honest Allen: ‘I Would Beat A 53-Year-Old Mike Tyson’
Former title contender Dave Allen has been building up his profile when it comes to fighters in the heavyweight division. What he has not done is show a brash side of him. Honest and humble, those are key factors that people like about him. He is also using that when it comes to Mike Tyson.
Allen (18-5-2) spoke about the potential comeback of “Iron” Mike to talkSPORT. The former lineal heavyweight champion is looking to compete in exhibition bouts for charity. The WBC recently stated that he would be welcomed back into active rankings if he chose to go that route. This comes after several entities, like Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, offered him a contract.
How does Allen feel about all of this? What if he was to face Tyson?
“If I got offered the Mike Tyson fight, the money would be fantastic but it wouldn’t sit right, would it? A lot of people would laugh at this, but this is the facts – I would beat a 53-year-old Mike Tyson,” Allen stated. “And that is the saddest thing any boxing fan wants to hear.
“For that reason alone, he should never box again.”
Making his professional debut in 2012, Allen has fought some of the best for regional titles. His undefeated streak ended at the hands of Dillian Whyte in 2016 for the WBC International Heavyweight Title. Allen then lost to Luis Ortiz a few months later. Fighting for the Commonwealth Heavyweight Title twice, Allen lost to and drew with Lenroy Thomas.
Starting off 2019, Allen beat Lucas Browne but lost to David Price last July for the WBA Continental Heavyweight Title. In his most recent bout in February, Allen knocked out Dorian Darch.
Tyson, who dominated the 80s and early 90s, ended his career 1-3, with a two-fight losing streak to Danny Willaims and Kevin McBride. Allen doesn’t think it’s fair to say he would do well in the current heavyweight division. He ended up using himself as an example.
“I’m 28 years old, I’ve had a lot of hard fights and people are saying to me, ‘David, you’re coming to the end of your career now.’ I’ve talked to people saying I should stop before because I’ve had some hard fights,” Allen went on to say. “People see him on the pads, a little minute clip, and say, ‘Oh he could come back and beat everybody.’”
“Mike Tyson’s one of the greatest fighters of all time, but you can’t turn back the clock and he’ll never be what he was. So I don’t really wanna see it.”