South Yorkshire scrapper Dave Allen believes he has succeeded in emotionally destablising Dillian Whyte before their much-vaunted heavyweight clash in Leeds.
The pair have been at each other’s throats on social media for weeks. And a Thursday press conference saw a continuation of that theme.
Whyte claims Allen had been disrespectful and seemed to lunge his head towards the Conisbrough man at a head-to-head photocall.
It didn’t disturb Allen, who tweeted later: “Made my day, months of trying to get in his head all worthwhile he will come to take my head off and gas...”
The pair contest the vacant WBC International title. But Whyte (W17 L1) said he’d only taken the fight to give something back his fans, as it the event itself didn’t advance his career any.
“He brings nothing to the table, no ranking, nothing.” He said Allen would be ‘bashed up’ for talking rubbish. He intended to “beat him to a pulp.”
Unbeaten Allen, 24, insisted their fight was the main event on the bill at the First Direct Arena. He apologised to other fighters on the card, but said: “This is the fight everyone in the Arena is coming to watch.”
Allen added he had “sparred with the best in the world, Klitschko, Fury and Joshua...and I belong at that level.”
Meanwhile, Allen has been impressed by the Ingle gym coaching by Junior Witter, the former WBC world champion. “Dominic (Ingle) is away with Kell Brook so I’ve been working with Amer Khan and Junior Witter. Everything has been maintained really well and I’ve been pleased with my coaching. Junior could go on to be a very successful coach. I don’t think I could have been better prepared for this fight.”