News17 Nov, 2020 by Deke Smith | Quick read
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The announcement comes just weeks after the cancellation of his
scheduled ring-return against Christopher Lovejoy, which fell through as
it emerged the American had undisclosed promotional ties with promoter
With the Lovejoy fight off, Allen's return was moved to the Benn-Formella undercard, but before an opponent could be confirmed, he decided to make his exit from the sport, taking to Instagram to announce the decision:
"Hello everyone, I hoped I would never have to write this message, never mind at 28 with my last fight being when I was 27 years old but I made the decision a few nights ago with my sister that I would no longer from that moment on be a professional fighter . . . the reason for me calling it a day is simple, I don’t want to get punched anymore, long gone are the days of the kid from donny who just wants to fight, all I want now is a nice quiet life with a wife and some kids healthy and happy getting nice and fat."
Further to his Instagram post, in an interview with IFL, Allen alluded to a sparring session with Oleksandr Usyk playing a big part in his decision. During the session, Allen took a left hand that had him unsteady on his legs and by his own account, left him concussed.
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