Dave Allen backs Dillian Whyte to get revenge over Alexander Povetkin, but is not confident in his chances against Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury
Dave Allen has told talkSPORT that he believes Dillian Whyte will emerge victorious from his rematch with Alexander Povetkin on Saturday night.
The Brit was knocked out by the Russian last August, but they are now set for a second fight which he cannot afford to lose.
Allen has first-hand experience in the ring with Whyte and told the Sports Bar: “I boxed Dillian Whyte in 2016.
“He was still far away from the fighter we see today. It was two novices fighting really.
“He beat me. I thought he was a good fighter but I wasn’t sure how good he was.
“And then over time he boxed Ian Lewison, Robert Helenius, Derek Chisora a couple of times and he’s really grown into being a world class heavyweight boxer now.
“He can box, he can punch, he can move – he’s got a bit of everything and he was well in control of the last fight with Povetkin, he was well on top and it was a lapse of concentration.
“There was no lucky punch involved, no lucky punch about it. It was a perfectly executed shot from a world class man.
“Povetkin is past his sell-by date and is a bit over the hill, but you give that man a chance and he’ll do what he did to Dillian Whyte the first time.
“I don’t envisage a repeat, I think Dillian Whyte will finish the job off this time and I think he’ll look very good in doing so.”
Regarding whether Whyte can become world champion, Allen concluded: “I think in the era that he’s in – with Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury – I don’t envisage him being heavyweight champion of the world.
“I don’t think he beats either of them two in my opinion.
“But I think he’s world class, he’s a world class heavyweight, he’s just around at a time where I think Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury are two very special fighters.
“So I don’t envisage anyone beating them in the news four or five years.”