Feb 19, 2009 Sports Comments Off on Lennox ‘Pretty Boy’ Allen promises to knockout Leon ‘The Lion’ Gilkes
By Michael Benjamin
The brave boasts of Leon ‘The Lion’ Gilkes that he will devour Lennox ‘Pretty Boy’ Allen has reached the ear of the latter fighter even as he undergoes rigid training sessions in Miami Florida. Allen has scoffed at Gilkes’ boasts and in return has warned Gilkes that the fight would not go the distance.
Kaieteur Sport caught up with Allen moments after he had completed one of his workouts at the Kick Boxing Centre Miami Florida, yesterday afternoon. He said that he has been keeping abreast of developments back home and has recently read an article appearing in this newspaper where Gilkes had promised to ‘take him on a rocky ride in the train.’
“Talk is cheap,” the ‘Pretty Boy’ retorted. “Gilkes has been talking up quite a lot but if he survives 5 rounds he can give himself a pat on the back,” Allen said. He then sent out a message to Gilkes. “I hope you can weather the storm because it will indeed be a rocky ride as you promised.”
Allen said that since arriving in the USA some 2 weeks ago, he has been engaged in rigid training sessions under the tutelage of Colin Morgan. He said that while in New York he trained at the Trinity Boxing Gym in Manhattan but refrained from engaging in glove work. Instead he opted for shadow boxing exercises along with sessions on the heavy bag and speed ball.
The dapper fighter said that he spent two weeks at the Manhattan gym before moving over to Miami and is currently engaged in sparring sessions with former light/heavyweight world champion, Glen Johnson, the fighter who had defeated Roy Jones.
Allen said that to date he has sparred a total of 25 rounds, and while it is not all pretty sailing, he has been able to make an impression during training sessions. “I am learning quite a lot over here and I cannot imagine losing to someone like Gilkes,” Allen proclaimed.
Allen also disclosed that his training regiment has ben increased to three sessions a day. He said that his day commences at 05:00hrs with a ninety minutes road work session. He then returns to the gym for sparring sessions, speed bag and heavy bag work as well as calisthenics. During this time he also engages in strengthening exercises. Allen said that his training day culminates with light work before he retires to bed.
Allen also confirmed that he has already signed the contract for his local engagement and will soon return home for the Gilkes encounter. The winner of that fight is scheduled to face Howard ‘The Battersea Bomber’ Eastman later this year.
However, Allen said that this bout will have to be pushed back for a later date because he has received an offer to fight an American fighter, in the USA, around mid April. He said that even though the name of the fighter has not yet been released, he has been instructed to commence preparations for the fight. Allen also said that top USA promoter Don Goosen has shown an interest in him but has decided to await the outcome of the Gilkes encounter before making plans for his (Allen’s) future.
Despite the unavoidable postponement of the Eastman fight, Allen said that he wishes to make it clear that he is certainly not afraid of ‘The Battersea Bomber.’ “I respect him for his accomplishments but this is a new era and it is time that fighters like Eastman recognize that their time is finished. It is now ‘Pretty Boy’ time,” Allen pronounced.
Allen is preparing for a ten round light/heavyweight encounter with Leon ‘The Lion’ Gilkes on 28th February with the winner taking on Eastman at a later date in a fight promoted by S&S Promotions.
Meanwhile, Clyde Williams, scheduled to face Eastman has recently conducted training sessions under the watchful eyes of coach, Brian Barker, at the Andrew ‘Sixhead’ Lewis boxing Gym, Albouystown.
On the same card Veronica Blackman will face Lindener, Sharon Warde in a return match that has caught the imagination of boxing buffs. Stephney ‘Stepping Razor’ George is also scheduled to be in action. Her opponent is still to be announced.
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