Funding level at large Dutch funds reaches critical limit

first_imgBPL92.2%18.7 Scheme Coverage ratio Assets (€bn)  Bakkers93.5%4.2 ABP93.9%442 Levensmiddelen92.3%6.3 The ratios are expected to drop further in August. Earlier this month Aon calculated that the coverage ratio fell by 4 percentage points in the first week of August compared to the end of July. Dutch pension industry publication Pension Pro analysed the Netherlands’ 50 largest schemes and found that, the end of July, the country’s largest pension fund ABP had a funding level below the critical line, along with five others. At this position they cannot recover to full funding within 10 years and must implement a cut to pension rights and pension payouts next year. center_img The funding level of industry-wide pension funds in the Netherlands fell to an average of 96.9% in July, according to figures provided by De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).Five of the country’s largest funds were already below the critical funding ratio at the end of July, which triggers mandatory cuts to pension rights. The funding ratio of industry-wide schemes is thus approaching the critical limit that indicates whether a fund can recover to full funding within 10 years.For an average pension fund, this critical level is set to rise from 88.2% to 94.7% as a result of new parameters that schemes will have to use from next year.  Schoonmaak91.2%5.4 Source: Pensioen Pro research. Asset figures from 2019 update of IPE Top 1000 Pension Funds.Company funds came out a lot better, with an average funding level of 113.4% at the end of July. This was, just as the 96.9% figure for industry-wide funds, a weighted average calculated on the basis of the DNB’s interest rate structure including the ultimate forward rate. Credit: Igor OvsyannykovThe pension fund for Dutch bakers is among five that are below the country’s critical coverage ratioFor all funds together this average amounted to 100.6%, a decrease of 1.1 percentage points compared to the end of June. Another six industry funds have a funding level below the 100% and therefore not enough money to meet their nominal obligations. The PNO Media fund (95.8%) has already warned its scheme members that the chance of cuts has greatly increased. If it has to lower pension rights and payouts, it will spread out the cuts over a period of 10 years.Healthcare pension fund PFZW has also warned that it may have to cut due to reaching the critical limit. In addition, the pension fund for physiotherapists has a coverage ratio of less than 100%. The exact figure is not known, because the fund only publishes the policy coverage ratio. Its annual report showed that the funding level at the end of 2018 was 97.5%. Of the company schemes, the pension fund of the Dutch employment and benefits agency UWV had the lowest funding level at the end of July: 99.4%. This scheme will have to apply unconditional cuts next year, just like the schemes for metal workers PMT and PME, because their ratios are below 100%. The minimum funding level was recently lowered to 100% as part of a new pension agreement, but it was still insufficient to avoid pension cuts.last_img read more

P60K worth of ‘shabu’ seized

first_imgBACOLOD City – Seven sachets of suspectedshabu valued at around P60,000 were seized in a buy-bust operation in BarangayMandalagan. The suspect was detained in the custodialfacility of Police Station 1, facing charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN The 37-year-old “high-value” suspect RamieBacongon of Barangay 2 yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police reportshowed.center_img Bacongon was nabbed after he sold suspectedshabu to an undercover cop for P500 on Sept. 21, the report added.last_img read more

U of L Nabs Second Batesville Baseball Star

first_imgBatesville sophomore Zach Britton commits to University of Louisville.BATESVILLE — The University of Louisville is becoming a popular college among Batesville High School baseball players.Sophomore Zach Britton is the second player from the team to commit to the college. The catcher had a breakout performance his freshman year leading the EIAC in batting average and received the Bulldog Hitting award.Prep Baseball Report ranks Britton #15 overall for the class of 2017. He also received the top ranking for catcher and fourth for hitter, according to the site.Batesville Senior  Bryan Hoeing has also committed to the University of Louisvillelast_img read more

James Wilson joins Championship leaders Brighton on loan from Manchester United

first_imgSky Bet Championship leaders Brighton have signed Manchester United striker James Wilson on loan until the end of the season. Press Association The 19-year-old, who has made two appearances for Louis van Gaal’s side this campaign, will stay at the AMEX Stadium until May where he will try and help unbeaten Brighton’s push for the Premier League. Boss Chris Hughton told the club’s official website: “We have been keen to add a striker, and James has been our number one target for some time, so we are absolutely delighted to have completed the deal. center_img “James is an exciting young striker, and we hope that this move will prove to be very good for all parties involved. “He is very highly thought of at Old Trafford and he has been in and around the first-team picture at Manchester United since Ryan Giggs gave him his debut the season before last. “There was a huge amount of competition from rival clubs to sign James on loan and it has been another great team effort to secure his signature. “I now hope he will help us maintain our excellent start to the season, and bring additional goals to the squad.” The Seagulls are the only team to remain unbeaten in the Football League this season and take on Birmingham on Saturday. last_img read more

Argentina, Chile  Re-enact 2015 Final as Messi Eyes First Argies…

first_imgIn a rematch of the 2015, the Copa America final is set after Chile defeated Colombia 2-0 on Wednesday night in the semifinal; one night after Argentina made simple work of the United States in a 4-0.There’s little to suggest Argentina will be stopped in the final. Other than a 2-1 triumph against Chile in its opener, Argentina has won by at least three goals in each of its last four matches. This is a team with an embarrassment of riches within its roster, most notably with its attacking options. Gonzalo Higuain, Erik Lamela and Ezequiel Lavezzi have combined for eight goals this tournament.While they’ve been succeeding, Sergio Aguero, who is arguably one of the most dangerous scorers in the Barclays Premier League, has been waiting on the bench for an opportunity just to get a start.But it all comes down to midfielder Lionel Messi, who is the motor of La Albiceleste. The best all-around player on the planet, he is an elite scorer and distributor as he’s shown throughout this tournament with five goals and four assists. Argentina’s defense has also been resolute this entire tournament as its given up just two goals.If there was a team, though, that could ask questions of Argentina, it’s Chile, which defeated La Albiceleste in the 2015 Copa America final in penalties.Like Argentina, Chile is loaded with dangerous scorers, led by Eduardo Vargas, who has a tournament-best six goals.He’s teamed up brilliantly with Alexis Sanchez, who has three goals of his own this tournament. They’ll also receive a boost with Arturo Vidal’s return in the final. Vidal was suspended for the semifinal against Colombia due to yellow-card accumulation.Chile primarily flexed its muscles in its resounding 7-0 thumping of Mexico in the quarterfinals, including four goals from Vargas, who showed his ability to be a poacher inside of the box.Its defense has been solid as of late just like Argentina’s. After allowing four goals in its first three games, Chile has shut out Mexico and Colombia, which should be a confidence booster heading into Sunday.So if anything was guaranteed about the Copa America Centenario final, it’s that there are countless players who hold game-changing capabilities, which should make for a memorable match at MetLife Stadium.Messi’s goalscoring exploits at the Copa America Centenario have rewritten his country’s record books and left Argentina on the brink of a first major title for 23 years.But if Argentina are to avoid a fourth straight defeat in a major final when they take the field in New Jersey on Sunday, the chances are they will have to do something they have never done before in the Messi era: score.In three finals dating back to the climax of the 2007 Copa America, when Messi lined up in an Argentina side that was beaten 3-0 by Brazil in Venezuela, the Albiceleste have failed to find the back of the net.Another shutout followed in the 2014 World Cup final, which ended in a 1-0 loss to Germany, before an agonising defeat on penalties to Chile in last year’s Copa America following a 0-0 draw.All the signs, however, suggest that Argentina’s barren goalscoring spell – and long wait for a title could come to an end at the MetLife Stadium this weekend, where Argentina will face Chile.Tuesday’s 4-0 semifinal drubbing of the United States took Argentina’s tournament goals tally to 18 in five matches, or 3.6 goals per game.While Messi grabbed the headlines for his magnificent free-kick that saw him become his country’s record scorer with 55 goals, one clear of Gabriel Batistuta, Argentina’s goals have come from all angles.“We’ve been playing well from day one and we deserve to be in the final,” Messi said on Tuesday, dedicating his goals tally to the work of his teammates.“I’m happy to have the record, and I’m happy to play with teammates that have made it possible. I owe it to them,” the five-time world player of the year added.A tournament that could prove to be Messi’s crowning glory has followed a troubled build-up dominated by injury and the distraction of his trial in Barcelona for tax fraud.He arrived in the United States late, still troubled by a back injury sustained during a friendly win over Honduras last month, and was forced to sit out Argentina’s opening game against Chile.If that wasn’t bad enough, Diego Maradona cast doubt on Messi’s ability to captain Argentina soon after the tournament got under way, complaining to reporters at an event in Paris that “he has no personality.”“He doesn’t have the character to be a leader,” Maradona complained.Messi responded to that verbal salvo with a sublime cameo against Panama a few days later, entering as a second-half substitute and scoring a brilliant hat-trick inside 19 minutes.Since then, he has been close to his impish best, scoring a wonderful curling, dipping free-kick against the USA on Tuesday while creating goals for Ezequiel Lavezzi and Gonzalo Higuain.He even found time to autograph the jersey of a fan who sprinted onto the pitch at halftime in Houston, smiling and hugging the interloper who was subsequently escorted from the stadium by security guards.The only note of caution for Argentina fans is that the team has been down this road before. Last year, Messi was superb as Argentina demolished Paraguay 6-1 in the semifinals of the Copa America with the best attacking display of the tournament.Neverthless, the upbeat mood in the Argentine camp is a far cry from the sense of despondency that enveloped Messi and his teammates after last year’s Copa America heartache.He was named player of the tournament in Chile but reportedly refused to accept the award, disgusted by yet another loss in a major final.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Trump Insults Lebron James

first_imgUS President Donald Trump has taunted US basketball player Lebron James and suggested that he prefers Michael Jordan. It came after the LA Lakers star accused Mr Trump of being divisive in a CNN interview.The president responded on Twitter by saying: “Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do.”The president implied that he preferred basketball star Michael Jordan, perhaps a reference to the debate over whether Jordan or James were the better player. In his interview with Don Lemon, James said that sport had offered him the opportunity to meet people of different backgrounds and race, adding: “Sports has never been something that divides people. It’s always been something that brings someone together.“He is dividing us and what I noticed over the last few months that he’s kinda used sport to divide us and that’s something I can’t relate to, because I know that sport was the first time I was ever around someone white.”Trump has taken a harsh stance on the ongoing debate over players in the National Football League (NFL) who refuse to stand for the national anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality.He has repeatedly said that anyone who kneels during the anthem should be fired.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Scouting Clemson with Syracuse cornerback Julian Whigham

first_imgThe Syracuse secondary faces its toughest test of the season against Tajh Boyd and the explosive Clemson offense on Saturday. Cornerback Julian Whigham will likely see additional reps due to the Tigers’ frequent three wide receiver sets, as well as a lower-body injury to Brandon Reddish that’s made him a game-time decision. The Daily Orange spoke with Whigham on Tuesday about how the SU defense is preparing for Clemson.The Daily Orange: What do you think it will be like going up against Tajh Boyd? Julian Whigham: He’s nice. Heisman candidate, so it’ll be fun to see how we do.The D.O.: Does that give you extra motivation? J.W.: Definitely. They’re a top team, he’s a top quarterback, so getting a chance to intercept him should be fun.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe D.O.: Have you done anything to prepare for him in particular? J.W.: Not really. It’s more of a team focus. Preparing for the team in general gets us ready for him, because he doesn’t make mistakes, so we’ve got to be on our game.The D.O.: Scott Shafer always talks about controlling the controllables. I feel like that’s especially relevant in this game.J.W.: (Laughs) Yeah, definitely. We’ve really got to play our game. If we can do that we’re going to put up a good fight. The D.O.: Do you see any weakness at all in the offense?J.W.: We feel like we know how they’re going to attack us, so we’re preparing for that. Come Saturday we’ll see how it goes.The D.O.: What’s the goal for the defense this week? J.W.: We have a goal to not let them score. That’s our goal every week. We want to beat these fools (laughs) and make it a game. Hopefully they won’t score, and if we play our game right they won’t.The D.O.: Obviously this is your first (Atlantic Coast Conference) game. Does the fact that it’s Clemson add fuel to the fire?J.W.: Definitely. That’s how we want it. One of the best teams in the country, best team in the ACC for our opener – that’s awesome. It’s going to be rocking come Saturday.The D.O.: You think you can win this game but Clemson is factually a better team on paper. Why do you think you can win?J.W.: We’ve shown our track record before. West Virginia, Louisville, teams come in here and get beat. That’s what happens. We expect this one, too.The D.O.: What stands out about Clemson wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant?J.W.: They’re fast, and they’ve got a lot of height. That’s about it. They’re good players. It will be a lot of fun to guard them.The D.O.: Back to Tajh, what’s his best attribute?J.W.: He’s calm. He doesn’t lose focus when he sees pressure. Really throwing him off guard is what we’re going to do. The D.O.: Can your offense continue to score with regularity against a better defense?J.W.: We feel like we can play up to their level, because supposedly they’re so good on paper. They can make you look like kids, so we’re not going to let that happen.The D.O.: What does this game mean big picture? J.W.: Biggest game of the year. By far. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 4, 2013 at 2:37 am Contact Trevor: | @TrevorHasslast_img read more

Angels’ Keynan Middleton makes emotional return from Tommy John rehab

first_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Since he began pitching minor league rehabilitation games in July, Middleton said his fastball is clocking 94-96 mph. His changeup has become a more essential secondary pitch.“This whole process has just been working on the changeup,” he said. “That’s a pitch I’m going to use a lot going forward.”Manager Brad Ausmus is not installing Middleton as his closer. A right-handed pitcher with relatively even platoon splits, Middleton is a potential candidate to “open” games for a long reliever, Ausmus said.“We’ll have to ease him in,” Ausmus said. “We’ll be very aware of the usage, number of pitches, back-to-backs, all that. Probably wouldn’t go back to back initially because he didn’t do it in the minor leagues, but I don’t foresee a long wait before that happening.”For Middleton, the physical hurdles paled in comparison to the absence of camaraderie. When Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died in June, Middleton was rehabbing 1,000 miles away. It was Skaggs, along with teammate Andrew Heaney, who served as sounding boards as Middleton navigated his rehab. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter ANAHEIM — One year, three months and 15 days can feel like a long time when you’re 25 years old. It can feel even longer when the duration is not a promise but a phantasm of a hope. For Angels pitcher Keynan Middleton, recovering from Tommy John surgery was both a physical and an emotional process.“Since the beginning … I told myself I’m going to learn from everything and not look at everything so negative,” he said Tuesday, his first day on the Angels’ active roster since undergoing the ligament replacement procedure a year ago.“Every bump in the road I’ve had, I’ve kept my head high this whole time. I’m just excited to actually be here.”Middleton was closing games for the Angels before his elbow gave out in May 2018. He was capable of touching 100 mph with his four-seam fastball when he broke into the majors in 2017, and 99 a year ago. His changeup was featured sparingly. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Skaggs was not around to help in July when Middleton said he experienced numbness in his right hand as a result of nerve inflammation.“More than anything I just wanted to get back just to be with these guys,” Middleton said. “We’ve been through a lot this year, with the stuff that happened with Tyler. Just to be here, to be around them is all I wanted.”COLE RETURNS TO MINORSThe Angels optioned pitcher Taylor Cole to Triple-A Salt Lake to make room for Middleton. The right-hander was 3-4 with a 6.80 ERA in 31 games (six starts) this season.Cole had a 2.84 earned-run average on July 29. In 11 appearances since, he had allowed 23 runs in 12 innings – seven in a disastrous eighth inning Sunday in Houston.“I talked to Taylor about it when we were optioning him,” Ausmus said. “He opened in Cleveland (Aug. 2) and it didn’t go well. He went to Boston and pitched lights-out and then it was rough from that point on. He and I couldn’t necessarily put a finger on why that was. Because sometimes he looked dominant and then other times it was the opposite. Sometimes taking a step back helps.”Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros In August, Cole’s opponents hit his fastball and slider for a higher average. His swing-and-miss rate fell on both pitches.“It’s obviously easier to get your bearings at the Triple-A level than at the big league level,” Ausmus said. “He’s kind of struggled lately so I thought it was the right move at the time.”ALSOCole is a candidate to return on Sunday when teams can expand their active rosters from 25 to 40 players. Ausmus said he and General Manager Billy Eppler began discussing who else might get called up on Tuesday. … Pitcher Justin Anderson (right trap strain) threw from flat ground from 105 feet and is targeting Sunday for his first bullpen work. He is eligible to be activated from the 10-day injured list but estimated he’ll throw one or two simulated innings first. … The Angels’ Midwest League (low Class-A) affiliate Burlington did not allow a hit in its 10-inning win over Beloit on Tuesday. Jose Soriano (3⅔ innings), Parker Joe Robinson (1⅓), Hector Yan (3) and Chad Sykes (1⅔) combined to walk seven batters and strike out nine in the 1-0 victory.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Patrick Sandoval, 0-1, 6.75 ERA) vs. Rangers (RHP Ariel Jurado, 6-10, 5.48 ERA), Wednesday, 6 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Demetrious Johnson discusses fresh start with ONE Championship

first_imgView this post on Instagram View this post on Instagram In advance of his ONE Championship debut, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson discusses his UFC departure and the changes that excite him as he begins the final chapter of his fighting career.Demetrious Johnson is about to begin the final chapter of his fighting career and he’s bucking the trend as he does. “I’ve got five years left and you look at all the great athletes who have done mixed martial arts — ‘Rampage’ [Jackson], Shogun Rua, Wanderlei Silva, Cro Cop, the list goes on — they started in Japan and finished in North America,” began Johnson, speaking with Sporting News late last week. “But it’s very rare that you see legit mixed martial artists leave the North American audience and go over to the Eastern audience and that’s what I’m doing and I’m really looking forward to it.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThis weekend, the man known as “Mighty Mouse” makes his ONE Championship debut when he takes on Yuya Wakamatsu in the opening round of the promotion’s Flyweight Grand Prix as part of the main card at ONE Championship: A New Era.It marks the first time in seven years that Johnson will be competing outside of the UFC Octagon and the first time in six years that he will not stride to the cage as the undisputed top flyweight fighter on the planet.After racking up a UFC-record 11 consecutive defenses of the title won all the way back at UFC 152 in September 2012, Johnson landed on the unhappy side of a split-decision verdict in his rematch with Henry Cejudo last August. A few months later, the 32-year-old was part of a blockbuster “trade” between the UFC and ONE Championship, which “sent” Ben Askren to the Las Vegas-based promotion in exchange for the services of the Matt Hume protege.When the deal between the two organizations was announced, the motivations for the move were broken down and dissected from all angles as fans and observers tried to figure out how the transaction came together, what it meant for the fighters changing sides and how the move could potentially impact the legacies of the athletes involved.For Johnson, it was actually really quite simple.“Why not?” he questioned rhetorically when asked about his motivations for taking part in this first-of-its-kind talent exchange between ONE Championship and the UFC. “I had been the champion for six years. I had been in the UFC for seven years. I only lost two fights and I have never been finished. All my fights have been close. I fought for the world title at bantamweight. I defended the belt 11 consecutive times at flyweight. So, I feel like there was nothing left for me to do. If I were to go back and beat Henry Cejudo, I’m right back at the top of the flyweight division again. If I were to lose, I’m back where I started.”I feel like this is a fresh start going over to ONE Championship, the Home of Martial Arts,” continued Johnson, who is considered one of the most complete fighters in the sport. “If I want to do Muay Thai, I can. If I want to do kickboxing, I can. If I want to do submission grappler, I can do that too. So, why not? This is the last chapter of my career where I’m going to put five good, solid years in and then I’m done.”While preparations for his March 30 debut at Ryōgoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan have largely been the same as they have been for the last several years, competing inside a different cage isn’t the only change that Johnson will have to get used to as he begins his time as a ONE Championship athlete.Because his long-time coach Matt Hume is the matchmaker for the promotion, “The Wizard” will not be allowed to corner Johnson when he competes. In most cases, that would mean the role of lead corner would fall to Brad Kertson, Hume’s second-in-command, but not this time.“Brad and his wife are about to have their third child, so he will not be making it out to Japan,” explained Johnson, who will instead be cornered by two of his training partners. “So, this part is different.” BOOM that’s a wrap heading to Japan with the squad! Make sure of check the fight out on @onechampionship app!! #passion #weareone #martialarts #japanA post shared by Demetrious Johnson (@mightymouse125) on Mar 23, 2019 at 11:50am PDT He added: “The biggest change is that Matt’s not going to be in my corner, giving me instructions. That’s a big piece of my game —  being able to go to my corner and having Matt telling me what to do and then going out there and being able to exploit things that Matt sees during the fight. I won’t have that in my back pocket. So, that’s going to be a little bit different, but I hope with where I’m at in my career, I can go out there and implement all my training.”The other major change for Johnson as he begins the five-year run of his career and that while he’s nominally competing in the flyweight division, ONE Championship’s weight classes all check in one division higher than where they do in most other mixed martial arts organizations, meaning that Johnson will fight at 135 pounds.“The Grand Prix is pretty sick and obviously, I’ll fight on Eastern soil,” he said, rattling off the new elements that excite him about his new fighting home. “And a new weight class! I don’t have to fight at 125 any more. I have to weigh 135, which is nice because I’m getting older and I’m getting tired of f— cutting those extra 10 pounds.”He’s also looking forward to no longer having to answer questions about his position atop pay-per-view cards and why those events haven’t generated the same kind of sales figures as those headlined by some of his more boisterous and infamous colleagues.“It’s also awesome because I don’t have to worry about selling a f***** pay-per-view or the numbers on the pay-per-view, it didn’t sell or anything like that,” said Johnson, who was dogged by fans and media for events he headlined producing paltry pay-per-view numbers throughout his career. “It’s one thing I love about ONE Championship — they’re not focused on numbers and selling pay-per-views.”  #martialarts #passion #nocaptionneeded #weareone #family #motivation #onechampionshipA post shared by Demetrious Johnson (@mightymouse125) on Feb 23, 2019 at 4:34am PST He added: “The UFC is looking for the next big star to sell pay-per-views and make money or whatever, while ONE Championship is just focused on telling everybody’s story, making everybody relevant in their hometown. (ONE Championship Chairman and CEO) Chatri [Sidyodtong] said it best when he said, ‘I want to make real life superheroes. I want people to want to have a poster of Demetrious Johnson on their walls.’ I think it’s just two different organizations, which isn’t bad. The UFC just signed that new deal with ESPN to host all pay-per-views and it’s a good model, while ONE Championship is all about honor and the code of martial arts.”Despite the myriad of changes, there is one thing that has remained the same throughout the process and will continue to stay the same from now until Johnson hangs up his four-ounce gloves and retires to drink beer, get fat and hang out with his beautiful family … and that is on fight night, you can expect “Mighty Mouse” to bring his full arsenal into the cage and continue to prove that he’s one of the best fighters on the planet today. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year“I’m going out there to tear things up and bring the same skillset that I had in North America over to Asia,” Johnson said, “and show them why people consider me one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world.”In the immortal words of Bart Scott: “Can’t Wait!”last_img read more

Dave Allen explains how he’s taken the steps to become a heavyweight contender

first_imgSince making his debut in 2012, Allen has picked up 17 wins with 14 coming via knockout. But when he’s taken on the heavy hitters in the heavyweight division, Allen’s come up on the short side of the stick in losing efforts vs. Dillian Whyte and Luis Ortiz. Now the ‘White Rhino’ has changed his whole outlook and has been putting in some serious effort to turn his career around with the help of former IBF middleweight world champion Darren Barker. “I only trained for my last two fights,”Allen admits to Sporting News. “I didn’t train for the others that I won. I wasn’t preparing at all for them fights just the last two out of all my fights. I was a bit blasé about it all, to be honest. I’m not sure if it was overconfidence or because I just didn’t care what happened. But the last two fights I’ve really turned it around. I guess I kind of thought ‘David from Doncaster can’t possibly be successful’.“I just didn’t really believe that it was attainable to be where I’m at now and where I want to be, but now I fully believe it, and I want it, so I’m putting the work in.”Join DAZN to watch Whyte vs. Rivas undercard on July 20 plus 100 fight nights a yearAllen knew the way things were trending that he’d be known as a gatekeeper. If he wanted to try and break through the proverbial glass ceiling, Allen needed help in the worst possible way and reached out to Barker.“It came about via a phone call,” Allen said. “I called him looking for a friend as I was in a bad place at the time. He said to come down to his gym and do a bit of training, and I really enjoyed it. We kept it going for a few consecutive weeks, and now we are here, he’s my trainer and will be in the corner on Saturday, and I think we just get on really well as people and he’s a former world champion, I respect him and really work hard for him.”“It was a great shot, a perfect body shot” Allen gleefully said of his third-round knockout over Lucas Browne in April. “If Vasily Lomachenko or Terrence Crawford would have thrown that then everyone would be talking about it, but it was the best shot of my career so far. I’m a front foot counter puncher, that’s how I would describe myself. I like using my physical strength and being on the front foot all the time. Dave Allen returns to the ring on Saturday’s Dillian Whyte-Oscar Rivas undercard against fellow countryman David Price.For the 27-year-old Brit, his boxing career has been up and down. “I don’t throw a thousand punches a round. If I hit you, I will stop you with one shot, which I’ve proven in my last few fights. That has given me a lot of confidence. I want to be heavyweight champion of the world. That is the goal. That’s the dream, and it is only a dream at the minute, but that’s where I want to go.”His opponent David Price (24-6, 19 KOs) offers Allen a lot of problems in this fight. Price is taller, longer range and has more ring experience to tip the bout all in favor of the Liverpool born pugilist. Regardless of what the statistics say, Allen is extremely confident he can be victorious with a knockout performance.“I’m going to outbox him,” Allen said, “People will laugh at that, but I have the style and the ability to outbox him, so that’s what I’ll do. I’ll stop him within three rounds.”last_img read more