I've nothing to lose against Dillian Whyte insists David Allen
David Allen insists he has nothing to lose and everything to gain when he steps into the ring with Dillian Whyte on Saturday night.
A bitter rivalry between the two heavyweights has developed on social media and will finally be brought to an end in Leeds this weekend.
Conisbrough heavyweight Allen believes all the pressure is on Whyte, who has been tipped to challenge on the world stage after impressing in defeat to Anthony Joshua.
“If Dillian Whyte loses on Saturday, what happens to his career?” Allen told the Times.
“Everyone expects him to go beyond the domestic level so it’s not going to look good when I beat him.
“If I don’t win, I go back to doing what I was doing anyway. The plan was for learning fights at the Dome for the rest of the year and looking to build up.
“It doesn’t hurt me. I will have to build myself up as I was doing anyway.
“The pressure is on him not me. And I’m going to make the pressure count.
“What a win does for me is open up a lot of doors.
“The fights with the likes of David Price and Dereck Chisora can happen then and I’ll be flying.”
Allen and Whyte’s relationship goes back beyond their recent feud on Twitter and YouTube.
The pair were both sparring partners for Wladimir Klitschko in the past and got on well according to Allen.
He said: “We got on pretty well and I liked him. But it all turned with the Twitter stuff.
“He really didn’t seem to like me trying to get this fight made by calling him out on Twitter.
“It’s business for me. I want the best fights against the best fighters and I’ll do what it takes to get them made.
“If he takes offence to that, who cares.”
Jamaica-born Whyte has won 17 of his 18 fights so far, losing only to Joshua last December.
The 28-year-old has knocked out 14 opponents and Allen knows he will have to be switched on to avoid the same fate.
He said: “I know I’ve got to be on it from the go. It’ll be a tough fight, the first couple of rounds in particular.
“If I’m not switched on, I’ll be getting put to sleep by Dillian Whyte live on Sky Sports.
“But I will be switched on. I’m mentally better prepared than I’ve ever been.”