Aug 08, 2020 Sports Comments Off on Guyanese Lennox Allen battle David Morrell tonight in US
Interim version WBA Super Middleweight title at stake
Thirty-five-year-old Guyanese Lennox ‘Two Sharp’ Allen will match gloves with Cuban-born American David Morrell tonight at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles USA for the interim WBA Super Middleweight title.
This fight will be the main supporting bout of the feature presentation between Jamal James and Thomas Dulormoe for the WBA interim Welterweight title and will be staged behind closed doors due the global pandemic.
Allen, who left Guyana in 2009 for Brooklyn, New York, boasts an unbeaten Professional record of 22 bouts, no loss and 1 draw with 14 knockouts since making his Pro debut on April 16, 2004 against Troy Lewis as an 18-year-old.
But the 6ft 1” South Paw has not fought since February last year when he beat Derrick Webster to win the WBC Gold Super Middleweight title and was afforded a Motorcade welcome from the Airport on his return to Guyana.
For the 22-year-old Morrell (2-0, 2 KOs), this opportunity comes less than a year as a Pro. “I feel like he skipped the line to the title but it is what it is. I know the politics of the sport; I have witnessed them first hand throughout my career. This is a business though and I now have the opportunity to handle my business in the ring.”
Allen did not have any fights in 2014 before being removed from the ring for almost three years making his comeback in July 2018. But since then he has had just two fights, including the emphatic 10-round win over Webster last February on ESPN.
Another year went by without a fight before getting the call from his Manager for an opportunity to challenge for his first major title, sixteen years after his debut. This fight was originally set for April 11 in Minneapolis, the hometown of the Cuban who has an amateur record of 135 bouts with just two defeats but due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, the Card was postponed to tonight.
Allen told Kaiteur Sport on Thursday night after a final training session that while it’s a ‘no fans arena’ the fights will be shown on a local cable TV network. “Despite the corona virus pandemic we had a great eight-week camp and I am ready to go” informed Allen, who was born on July 1, 1985.
For the inexperienced Morrell who was just 6 years-old when Allen made his Pro debut in 2014, it’s a four-month delay and nine months between fights.
“I’ve waited a long time for this opportunity, so long there were many points in my career where I felt like it would never happen,” admits Allen. “It’s kind of amusing that I finally get to fight for the world title and it’s against a fighter who jumped ahead of a long line of fighters” stated Allen who is 13 years older than Morrell.
“But I always say that I have to look forward. I can’t worry about what happened or how someone else got here. This is my opportunity to prove to everyone where I belong in the super middleweight division, and to bring that World title home.” Said the Super Middleweight.
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