Boxing Fan Brands Dave Allen's Suspicious Victory Over Dorian Darch As A "Massive Fix"
The Gambling Commission and the British Boxing Board of Control have launched an investigation over allegations of suspicious betting activity in Dave Allen's controversial victory over Dorian Darch.
Allen stopped Darch in the third round of their bout on the under-card of Eddie Hearn's bill from the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield.
'The White Rhino' is now the subject of a betting scandal with the Gambling Commission and the BBBofC looking into his fight.
The heavyweight clash on Saturday started in bizarre fashion with Allen cruising through the first two rounds before ruthlessly stopping the Welshman in the third round.
Darch hit the canvas and beat the count but he failed to survive the second knockdown, and replays appeared to show him urge Allen on moments before being punched.
"Massive fix in the Dave Allen fight. Opponent saying 'Go On' just before he gets knocked down. Clear as day," one social media user wrote.
Massive fix in the Dave Allen fight. Opponent saying "Go On" just before he gets knocked down. Clear as day. pic.twitter.com/KKfi29XG8N
- Pak (@yidopaks) February 8, 2020
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Allen was priced at 9/2 by bookmakers but was so heavily backed it ended at evens. SkyBet were the first bookies to notice a worrying spike in bets and alerted the rest of the industry, according to SunSport.
A couple of hours before the fight, the bookies noticed an alarming surge of lays on the exchanges on the specific round at a series of high-street shops all over the country.
KO FOR ALLEN! :boom::boom: @davidthewhiter1 knocks out Dorian Darch in the 3rd round
:tv: Kid Galahad v Claudio Marrero is up next on Sky Sports Arena! pic.twitter.com/swp42Gi4kG
- Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) February 8, 2020
Darch has since taken to social media to declare his innocence.
"Should have chucked a couple of quid on myself if i knew lol. People are nuts get hit down once get back up, get wobbled to my boots with a left hook but still dull enough to try and act hard and pretend not to be hurt and call him on and I've taken a dive brilliant x," he said on Twitter.
Fix?if so I want a bigger cut?twitter beauties x pic.twitter.com/FQc7Mo7JQP
- Dorian darch (@dorian_darch) February 8, 2020
Allen also responded to claims his fight was fixed.
"People were saying it was a fix because I was planning on it being a six-round move around," the Doncaster man said.
"A few of my mates had a lot of money on the points win and it didn't come in but I am not the sort of guy who picks a round to win, I am not really good enough to do that.
"I am a heavy-handed hard b*****d and I caught him with a left hook, I stepped off and he said 'come on' so I attacked him to the body and put him over. I haven't lost or made any money on it."