Former Australian and world heavyweight champion Lucas Browne has been given a brutal reality check after suffering a devastating KO defeat.
Taking on Englishman Dave Allen at the O2 Arena in London, the Aussie suffered a third round knock out after copping an absolutely vicious body shot from the home fighter.
Allen was headlining his first fight and looked to be on the ropes for much of the bout, before dealing the telling blow.
Brown started off well, dominating the opening two rounds but the Brit changed the momentum of the fight after avoiding a wayward right hook from the Aussie in the third.
Allen countered with a powerful left hook to the kidneys that sent the Australian grimacing to the canvas and unable to continue.
The crushing blow had fans singing Allen’s praises on social media.
david the timing on that body shot. ooffff. love watching your fights
— Markos (@markos198709) April 21, 2019
Well done mate! Great body shot 🙌
— Thomas Davies (@bubbadavies) April 21, 2019
Congratulations Dave Allen. Sickening body shot! 👋👋
— Liam (@Liam_M1989) April 21, 2019
@davidthewhiter1 had to record the fight but I'm so happy and buzzing for you!! Great body shot 👌
— John Cannella (@JohnnyC1983) April 21, 2019
That Dave Allen body shot though 🤐
— James Kirkby (@Kirkbyyyy) April 21, 2019
Absolutely disgusting shots mate! Some body shot that
— Dave Mannifield (@dmannifield89) April 20, 2019
Allen was chuffed after what was the biggest win of his career to date as he eyed up some big name opponents.
“Main eventing is one thing, but I had to win,” Allen said.
“It’s alright telling my grandkids I headlined the O2 but I want more now. I’ve proven I can punch at a high level. It’s a very good win.
“The left to the body was beautiful. Today I was fit. I could have done 12 rounds easily. He has underrated skill. It’s a case of getting them down to my pace. I’m unbeatable at a snail’s pace.”
“I’ve won now, I beat a former world champion – I going to go home and enjoy this, maybe David Price or Dereck Chisora next.”
Since losing to Dillian Whyte and Luis Ortiz in 2016, the career of Dave Allen (17-4-2, 14 KOs) has had some ups and downs.
He came up short twice when attempting to win the Commonwealth title, but the ‘White Rhino’ has become a British fight fan favourite since pulling off a shocking KO victory over fellow Brit Nick Webb in July 2018.
Lucas Browne (28-2, 24 KOs) had been on a three-fight winning streak since being on the wrong end of a huge KO in 2018 and the 40-year-old Australian will have to go back to the drawing board and rethink his career.