The chance of a lifetime awaits heavyweight David Allen – if he can come through his latest bout unscathed.
The Conisbrough big man is looking to continue the 100 per cent start to his career with victory over Plamen Nikolov in Newcastle on Saturday night.
And should he perform with credit, Allen will be whisked off to Austria to spar with WBO, IBF and IBO world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko ahead of the Ukranian’s title defence against Alex Leapai next month.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for me and just adds another incentive to the fight this weekend,” he said.
“You couldn’t buy an experience like that and I’m determined to make it happen.”
‘The White Rhino’ has been in a privileged position when it comes to sparring over the past few years.
Olympic gold medalist and hot heavyweight prospect Anthony Joshua has been a regular sparring partner.
Allen said: “I must have sparred 200-300 rounds with Anthony and we know each other inside out now.
“We cancel each other out not but you still can’t beat it.”
The 22-year-old is fighting on the undercard of gym mate Stuart Hall’s IBF world bantamweight title defence against Martin Ward on Saturday.
He is set to be out early and likely to be on the free to view portion of BoxNation’s broadcast of the event.
And he is determined to take advantage of the exposure.
He said: “I’ve been after rounds mainly in recent fights but I want this one over and done early.
“I’m out to knock the kid out and make a big impact.”