Jan 31, 2015 Sports
Proves ‘Too Sharp’ for Ghanian opponent
Lennox ‘Too Sharp’ Allen defied a prolonged hiatus from the ring, and returned with a bang when
he unleashed a two fisted attack on Kojo Issah of Ghana and won in just 51 seconds of their scheduled 6 rounds middleweight bout at the BB King Blues Club & Grill, New York, Thursday evening last. Ironically, Allen’s last bout before his hiatus, in August 2013, was also against a boxer out of Ghana, Michael Gbenga, whom he defeated on points in a 6 rounds middleweight affair.
Kaieteur Sport engaged Allen moments after his lopsided victory and he was especially elated with his accomplishment. He said that it felt good to be trading punches once again. He further explained that he had experienced issues with his managerial group, Boxing 380, and had sought the intervention of the courts. During that time he was relegated to just gym work while awaiting the verdict. Allen told Kaieteur Sport that those matters have since been resolved in his favour and he is now resuming his career under a new promotional group, Debella Promotions, with manager, Stephen Hyde. “I am now comfortable and will resort to my winning ways,” Allen promised.
The lanky pugilist was well on his way to world acclaim before experiencing managerial problems and before last night’s fight had amassed a commendable record of 17 wins of his 18 fights with just one blemish, a drawn decision against Darnell Boone in August 2010.
Allen also fought in several countries including Australia in March 2005, when he defeated Joe Lopez, Indonesia, one year later, where he won from Ade Alfons and then St Lucia in November 2007 where he defeated Jonathon Nelson.
Thursday’s victory has pushed Allen’s record to 18-0-1 with 11 knockouts. His knockout ratio has also improved to a commendable 57.89. Before migrating to the USA, Allen had defeated his compatriot, Kwesi Jones, in May 2011, to clinch the World Boxing Council Caribbean Boxing Federation (WBC CABOFE) middleweight title. He had also KOed Leon ‘The Lion’ Gilkes in the 2nd round in June 2009 to take the local super/middleweight title.
Allen is not certain when he will next enter the ring but exuded confidence that whoever he faces will be on the losing end. “My career is back on track,” he confidently exhorted. (Michael Benjamin)
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