By Sean McDaniel: An in shape but very slow heavyweight Dillian Whyte (18-1, 14 KOs) needed to go 10 round to defeat David Allen (9-1-1, 6 KOs) by a poorly fought unanimous decision to win the vacant WBC International title last Saturday night on the undercard of the Josh Warrington vs. Patrick Hyland card at the First Direct Arena in Leeds. Whyte threw a lot of punches, mainly with his right hand in winning by the scores of 100-91, 100-90 and 99-91.
Whyte was forced to fight at a busier pace than he’s grown accustomed to lately, as the younger 24-year-old Allen continually walked him down looking to land his own shots. Whyte was able to throw a lot of punches for the first eight rounds, but none of them were powerful enough to hurt Allen. By the 9th, Whyte was looking gassed out and no longer throwing as many punches. He looked like he gave up on the idea of scoring a knockout of Allen. Instead, he focused on boxing him in the last two rounds to win by a one-sided decision.
A couple of things I noticed about Whyte in this fight was the fact that he no longer appears to be capable of using his left hand for anything other than throwing non-effective jabs. He had shoulder last December on his left shoulder, and he doesn’t appear to have regained the full strength yet. It’s supposed to take around six months to regain your strength after shoulder surgery.
It’s not been around seven months for Whyte. The way that he’s not able to punch with power in his left shoulder, I don’t think he’s going to be able to recapture his lost strength. That’s fine if all Whyte is going to do is fight guys like Dave Allen and Ivica Bacurin, because those are limited fighters. But if Whyte is going to fight the high quality guys in the sport, then he’ll be in trouble.
Other results on the Whyte-Allen card:
Vincent Feigenbutz TKO 2 Wilmer Gonzalez
Frankie Gavin TKO 6 Ivo Gogosevic
Tyrone Nurse UD 12 Tommy Coyle
Ryan Burnett UD 10 Cesar Ramirez
Gamal Yafai UD 12 Josh Wale
Sam Eggington TKO 1 Daza Usher