World #11 Dee Allen Calls Out Harper For 154-Pound Title Chance
WBC International Welterweight Champion, London ‘puncher’ Dee Allen (4-0, 3 KOs) called for a fight with WBA Super Welterweight champion Terri Harper (13-1-1, 6 KOs) over social media.
Harper has admitted the struggle to find opponents to face since WBC/IBF/WBO champion Natsha Jonas seems less than keen to unify, but has now been challenged by Allen for a domestic fight at either 154 or 147 depending on whichever weight Harper would prefer.
Harper jumed up three weight classes to challenge and convincingly beat Hannah Rankin, who’s sparred numerous rounds with Allen, last September. Although Harper holds a strap at 154, she can easily move down to 147 or 140 depending on where the opportunities arise.
NoSmokeBoxing caught up with Dee Allen’s manager Robbie Flynn to discuss what’s next for Allen (Interview above).
Flynn stated that Allen had earnt the right to call out fighters such as Harper, European champion Kirstie Bavington and Olympic Gold medalist Lauren Price because Allen has had the learning fights under the radar, collected a title and is now ready to move into bigger fights.
Flynn was confident in his charge when a Harper matchup was discussed
“It’s a fight that we’d fancy, that we’d win… Dee is willing to step in the ring with anyone, literally anyone.”
“It’s two British females. I dare anyone to look at any footage of Dee and say it wouldn’t be a hugely competitive fight”
Allen has been fast-tracked, challenging for a WBC trinket belt against 4-0 Cindy Reyes Espinoza in just her fourth outing after 7 months as a pro.
“Katie Taylor didn’t fight Milena Koleva until her 4th fight, she had 8 rounds and couldn’t get her out of there. Caroline (Dubois) fought Milena in her last fight – third, fourth fight. Dee debuted against her”
The Londoner stopped Koleva in the opening round when they met in March. Following that, Allen proved her punching power was real recording two more knockout wins against Matilde Contreras and Klaudia Vigh in back-to-back contests.
Three stoppages in four wins as a female boxer is a rare occurence, and if Allen was with a major promoter/network, there is no doubt she would have more hype behind her as well as a much bigger profile.
Allen could present a significant challenge for Harper but her lack of exposure at this point in her career will see her struggle to land these big fights unless she is given an opportunity by one of the leading promoters.