Dave Allen and Lenroy Thomas
Allen, who took the opportunity at the weigh-in to stuff socks down his boxers and just generally play the clown, started powerfully with some big hooks to the head of Thomas but was caught on the counter a lot.
In round four, the Yorkshireman started to show his tactical nous, backing Thomas onto the ropes and working on the inside but again the slick combinations of his opponent caught the eyes of the judges.
Two rounds later, Allen had the Jamaican on the floor and even though referee Terry O’Connor did not rule it a knockdown, it was a sign of his supremacy in the middle rounds.
O’Connor took more flak from Thomas, never more so than when he was docked a point in the eighth round for his third low blow.
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The Brit wasn’t able to find a knockout and the judges’ decision went against him after a sloppy final round.
“I can’t argue with that decision,” Allen said.
“I did think he’d quit and he proved me wrong.
“I’m never going to be world champion.
David Allen battled for 12 rounds with Lenroy Thomas
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“I’ll give it everything I’ve got but maybe I’m not the best fighter in the world.
“I know I’m not.”
Allen had been happy to trash-talk his opponent in the run-up to the fight, even if on the night it was all business.
“This sounds really childish but I’m way too hard for you,” Allen said.
“And I’m going to bash you up, beat you up and then you’re going to quit.
“It is a 12-round fight and Lenroy Thomas is not hard enough to keep me off him for 12 round.
“I’m going to be on him all night, all 12 rounds.”