By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)
David Allen has been forced into a late opponent change ahead of his next fight.
The undefeated heavyweight, 23, was set to clash with fellow undefeated prospect Adam Machaj, live on Sky Sports, for the vacant Central Area title this weekend.
But after Machaj pulled out of the fight with what is being described as a back injury, ‘The White Rhino’, 7-0-1 (5), will face international opposition over 10 rounds on October 24 at the Sheffield Arena.
Allen was told of the Machaj withdrawal news earlier this week and wasn’t best pleased when he found out.
“We had some bad news,” Allen told 4C Sports Media on Tuesday.
“[Machaj has] pulled out with an apparent back injury and I’ve seen and heard different things, but the fight’s off now and it’s as simple as that.
“He is of no significance to me now and we move on to something else.”
Indeed, that ‘something else’ comes in the shape of former French champion Fabrice Aurieng.
Aurieng, who has a record of 10-7 (3), is a Marseille-based southpaw with a win on his record over Larry Olubamiwo.
The 33-year-old has also shared the ring with former world title challenger Johann Duhaupas –– who challenged Deontay Wilder for the WBC title recently –– as well as Gregory Tony, while also boasting a 12-round unanimous victory over former Anthony Joshua opponent Raphael Zumbano Love.
This fight will be only his third clash outside of his native France, with him having boxed away in Guadeloupe and Japan in recent times.
Allen continued and said: “I discovered that Machaj had pulled out on Facebook, but the new opponent is a better opponent, he’s a bigger name and beating him –– although it doesn’t give me a title –– will give me far more than what beating the likes of Adam Machaj would have done.
“I could have got any different [in the change of opponent] and I believe Aurieng is 100-times the fighter that Adam Machaj will ever be.
“I may not be boxing for the title, but every fight is as important as the next one, regardless of whether there’s a title on the line or not.”
Elsewhere on the card, Gavin McDonnell will defend his European super bantamweight title and there is a cracking local dust-up between Jamie Robinson and Atif Shafiq.
McDonnell faces Jeremy Parodi of France in his first defence of the crown claimed against Oleksandr Yegorov in March.
And Josh Wale will come up against Leigh Wood in a British featherweight title eliminator, while the card is completed by a whole host of talented local prospects.
Tickets for the card are on sale now, priced at £30, £45, £60, £80 and £100, from the Sheffield Arena on 01142 565656 and at www.sheffieldarena.co.uk.
VIP tickets priced at £175 are exclusively available from www.matchroomboxing.com.by