BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Damon Allen, a highly touted super lightweight prospect out of Philadelphia, PA, has inked a deal with Golden Boy Promotions Wednesday. Along with the signing, Allen also changed his nickname.
Many on the local Philly boxing scene knew him as “Baby Dame”, but now he has changed his nickname to “The Answer”.
Allen should be hoping signing with Golden Boy will be the answer to a more active year.
The 22-year-old Allen (6-0, 2ko’s) had a quiet 2014 campaign as he only fought twice after having four pro bouts in 2013, which was caused by having some fallouts and disagreements on the business side of things with his managerial team.
Allen had a very decorated amateur career as he posted a 110-9 mark and was a Silver Medalist at the 2010 Golden Gloves, while garnering a Bronze Medal at the United States championship in 2011 and then subsequently going to compete in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
However, he did suffer a setback in 2011 when he was banned by USADA (United States Anti Doping Agency) for using a banned substance during competition. Allen, just 19-years-old then, went on record to state his case and clear the air.
He was looking at a two-year suspension, but was only suspended for six months.
“I had a swollen hand and my grandmother gave me a water pill and I looked on the website Globaldro.com to make sure it was safe to take the anti-inflammatory. Water pills were not on the banned substance list but the correct name was Furosimide.” said Allen at the time. “The fact that I was honest and forthright with my situation and have a sworn affidavit, USADA cut the suspension”
Allen can box and bang and for his age does not get rattled in the ring. He has matured over his last several fights and has also stepped up in competition, making him an appealing prospect to watch going forward.