by Kris Anthony (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Is October 31st going to be chilling for Allen as his third choice opponent appears to be a heavyweight powerhouse. Or is this all an illusion?
Enter Christopher Lovejoy from the US, world rating 443 from 1,405, but somehow with a lofty rating with the WBA of number 15 (never surprised). Glossy on the outside but when you take a deeper look into his boxing record, something stands out. ALL BUT ONE BOUT WAS AGAINST A FIGHTER WITH A LOSING RECORD! Add to that, he has never been over three rounds with most ending in the first round. Game plan should be straight forward for Allen.
“The heavier the better for me,” Allen said. “He is a big man, I don’t think he has been 16-and-a-half stone since he was 12. I don’t think he is 350 he likes to play games. I’m hoping he is 450, the slower the better.
“I’ve always believed that anyone in the world who will stand with me, I will beat. If he goes around at over 20 stone, I don’t see how he gets out of the first round. That is not me being over-confident, that is me looking at it for what it is. He has done 21 rounds, he has never been in with anybody any good, looking at his record. He doesn’t last a round with me. I’d be very surprised if he did.
“People say it will be a good result if you beat him, but if I don’t stop him, I don’t deserve to be anywhere near the top 15, I won’t deserve to be near the top 50.
From nineteen opponents, they have a combined fifty one wins (that’s an average of 2.6 wins per opponent). Combined 192 losses. Combined 19 drawers. In total, his nineteen opponents have a combined record of 51-192-19.
“Looking at it for what it is, he’s a novice pro. All the pressure is on me and I don’t mind it because I think he is way out of his depth.
“In terms of experience, I have never been in a better place,” he said. “I have still only had 35 fights amateur and pro. The sparring with Usyk brought me on again. I genuinely think I am a top 25 heavyweight now. I’ve got a confidence about me now.
“He’s very good. I could tell he was good because when I was sparring I could feel myself learning.
“Usyk hit me with a straight left to the body. On the Monday he hit me with it, on the Wednesday he hit me with it and on the Friday he hit me with it. On the second Monday, I hit him with a straight right to the body and looked at him and started laughing and then he started laughing.
“He didn’t understand a word I was saying, but I said ‘I got that from you’ and he nodded. He was so good, he was teaching me how to throw a right hand to the body. He may be the best fighter I have ever shared a ring with.”
You cannot ask for much at this short notice. But what if he actually is good and the bad record is just a red herring?
Maybe, just maybe….this could be a trick for Allen. One thing is for sure, Lovejoy is an unknown quantity. He could be hopeless, he could be the next Tyson, you just can’t tell. So intrigue is there, like the main event (even if for different reasons).
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