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September 11, 2017


Press Release: Heavyweights Lenroy Thomas (21-4) and Dave Allen (12-3-1) will rematch for the Commonwealth title at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday October 28th. The rematch is the third fight to be added to the undercard of Anthony Joshuaís WBA/IBF heavyweight title defense against Kubrat Pulev. The other fights: Kal Yafai will defend his WBA 115-pound title against unbeaten Sho Ishida and Frank Buglioni faces Callum Thompson at super middleweight. Thomas and Allen clashed for the strap in May, with Thomas edging out Allen via split decision.

The Florida-based Jamaican comes to the UK for an immediate return with the Doncaster fansí favourite, and the champion expects another great night in a huge stadium show, where he wants to stake his claim for bigger things in 2018.

ďIím looking forward to defending my title against Allen in Cardiff,Ē said Thomas. ďHe was a gentleman after the fight and I feel he deserves the rematch.

ďAs a champion, I have no issue fighting in his backyard again. The 75,000 fans in the stadium canít fight for him.

ďItís a pleasure to appear on another Matchroom card, especially with the main event featuring Anthony Joshua defending his heavyweight titles. It should be another electric night and Iím looking to continue my reign as the Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion. My goal is to crack the top 15 world ratings after this fight and move toward a World title.Ē

Allen is gunning for revenge though and ĎThe White Rhinoí, who stopped Tom Dallas in three rounds in Essex in July to claim a 12th pro win, says defeat is unthinkable in his fourth spot on a huge Sky Sports Box Office bill.

ďSince the result was announced in Sheffield, this is all Iíve wanted,Ē said Allen. ďItís all Iíve thought about in my spare time. I want to right that wrong. It haunts me, it was my night but I blew it and he fought out of his skin.

ďIíve watched the fight numerous times back. I underestimated Lenroy. It wasnít the best fight in the world. It was quite physical and draining. He proved to be a tough man. I scored it very close, I did the forcing but he did the quality, eye catching work Ė Itís what you like but I have no arguments with the decision.

ďI know what Iím up against now, itís about putting the working in the gym. He took my night away from me, now Iím going to take his belt. Thereís only one result this time. Heís woke up the beast. Iím a different animal all together now.

ďI thought he would fold in the later rounds but he didnít. Looking back, I took my foot off the gas in training in the build-up too. You can make a mistake once and you are a fool, but if you make the same mistake twice you are an idiot. It wonít happen again.

ďThe White Rhino is a box office superstar. Four times in ten months, Iím living the dream but this time itís my last chance. If I donít win, where do I go from here? I donít want to face that.

ďItís my first time fighting abroad! The support will be massive as always. It means a lot to me, there will be a very strong South Yorkshire contingent in Cardiff. They will take that Principality Stadium roof off with their noise.

ďI needed a win and didnít want to come into this fight off the back of a loss. So, we got back out quickly and got a win under our belt against Tom Dallas.

ďFor this fight, Iíll come in around 16 Ĺ stone (231 pounds). I was fit and in shape as an amateur and I havenít been like that since I turned pro. There was a lot of fuss made when I was a kid with people saying I can fight. Iím going to get in shape for this fight.

ďIíve made a promise to myself and to my Dad, who has not been very well, he said to me: ĎThis is it. This is your last chanceí Ė thatís struck a chord with me. On October 28th Iím going to perform my heart out. If I donít my career is finished.Ē

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