Feb 20 2013 By Andrew Weston
Allanton kickboxer Sam Allan insists he won’t be intimidated when he walks out in front of 3,000 partisan French before his world title fight with Bertrand Fleuret next month.
The 22-year-old takes on highly rated Fleuret in Toulouse on March 9th for the ISKA World Professional Light Welterweight belt after the pair thrashed out a deal earlier this month.
Allan will head across the channel on the back of a memorable European title victory over Michael Robbie Johnson in December.
But he will be underdog for this fight in what will be a cauldron like atmosphere.
“It is an opportunity I couldn’t turn down,” Allan said this week. “You have to grab it with two hands and I jumped at the chance.
“I wouldn’t have taken the fight if I didn’t think I could win. I don’t fear anybody in my division and if anyone wants to fight me they can just contact me. I don’t duck anybody.”
He added: “Back when I was an amateur world champion, I defended my title up in Forfar against Kevin Smith in the Lions’s Den.
“He had a big following and the crowd were booing and shouting at me.
“I was the underdog but I knocked him out in the second round.
“In France, again it will be a hostile crowd but once you are in the ring it is just you and him and that’s it.
“It will be the biggest crowd I’ve fought in front of by far but it will not intimidate me.
“It will make me perform better in that environment.”
Last time out Allan secured victory over English ace Robbie Johnson at Rivals Gym in what was an epic contest.
He came back off the canvas after being knocked down in round three and having two standing counts in round four to defeat champion Johnson in six pulsating rounds.
Whilst being ecstatic to come through that fight Allan admits lessons have been learned after dropping down a weight division.
“We have been working on a bit of defensive stuff in the gym,” he said. “Because I dropped down a weight the fighters are a wee bit faster from what I had been used to. I need to try and overcome their speed and keep my chin down.
“Fleuret is a top fighter and the current world champion who beat Shawn Burton recently, a guy who has challenged for the world titles numerous times.
“But I am just focusing on how I prepare myself.”