‘I’m not a fighter anymore, I’ve had the fight beat out of me’

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Dave Allen has told talkSPORT the explanation behind his recent decision to retire from boxing at the age of 28.

The popular heavyweight quit the sport last week and later also said that a sparring incident with Oleksandr Usyk made him reconsider his future.

Allen retired with a record of 18-5-2

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Allen retired with a record of 18-5-2

However, he has now revealed there was far more to it than just this one off moment.

Allen told White and Jordan on talkSPORT: “Being completely honest I was scared, boxing scared after the David Price fight.

“Before the Price fight nothing scared me, I would’ve fought anybody.

“Before this fight – I was meant to fight this Saturday – I was fearful for the very first time in my boxing career.

“I was scared to box. I’ve always been scared to lose but I’ve never been scared to fight.

“I was scared to fight, so that’s when I knew it was time to call it a day.”

Allen suffered a punishing defeat to Price last year

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Allen suffered a punishing defeat to Price last year

Oleksandr Usyk staggers Dave Allen in sparring

Last July, Allen was beaten up for ten rounds and stopped by David Price. He was stretchered out of the ring and taken to hospital in a worrying scene.

He continued: “Not many people go to the hospital unconscious with paralysed limbs and get to live a normal life again.

“I met Michael Watson earlier this year and after the Chris Eubank fight he’s had to work so hard to walk again, to speak again, to live.

“I met him and that had a bit of an effect on me as well, I thought, ‘I’m so lucky, I’m kinda gambling the rest of my life, I’m only 28.’

“Over the weekend I thought, ‘It’s time to stop David, you’re gambling your life possibly.’

“So yeah I made the decision based on that.

Allen received medical treatment after the Price fight

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Allen received medical treatment after the Price fight

“I’ve always been known as a tough hard man, but I’m scared to fight. It’s not there anymore, I’m not a fighter anymore.

“I’ve almost done it before through frustration, but this time I’ve called time on it because I’m not a fighter anymore, I’m not.

“I’ve had the fight beat out of me. It’s all gone. Money doesn’t drive me, I’ve got a lot of pride and I don’t wanna be getting beat by people I would’ve beat years ago.

“I don’t wanna be getting hurt, I don’t wanna be getting knocked out, so there’s not enough money in the world to make me box again because I’d be a shell of my former self.”

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