David Allen has reassured promoter Eddie Hearn he is more than ready for Lenroy Thomas rematch after admitting victory was “thrown away” in the first fight.
The ‘White Rhino’ received strong words from Hearn after he chose to meet fans only hours before his points loss to Thomas last May and the Matchroom boss warned Allen he ‘won’t get another chance’ if he suffers defeat again in Saturday’s Commonwealth title fight, live on Sky Sports.
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But Allen has responded by undergoing a stringent training camp, trimming his weight down to under 17 stone, and is confident his new-found dedication will be rewarded.
“I could be weighing in the lightest I have ever weighed since I was 19, 20 years-old,” Allen exclusively told Sky Sports.
“I look very thin, ribs, my legs look slim. I can honestly say I have never ever been this fit, this fast, this strong and punching as much.
“Last time he prepared correctly and I didn’t, and he won. He beats me this time, I will be a very, very surprised little boy.”
Watch as Allen is warned by Eddie Hearn that it's win or bust this weekend
There will be no further distractions in fight week for Allen, who insists he cannot afford another setback after past losses to Dillian Whyte and Luis Ortiz.
“Mental preparation I think is key now, for a man like myself,” he said “Physically I’m there, so yeah I’ve got to live the life in fight week, because I’ve thrown good performances away on fight week by doing stupid things.
“I’ll be home all week, I won’t be staying at the hotel. I will do my thing, the professional thing this time, and just go home, eat, sleep, and rest, because if I don’t beat Lenroy Thomas, there is no more big fight week.”
And the Doncaster man hopes that Hearn will be offering him another high profile fight after he becomes Commonwealth champion.
“My message to Eddie Hearn is, ‘when I beat Lenroy Thomas in fantastic fashion, which I will do, we’re going to have to sit down and make big plans.’
“After this fight, I really see myself as a danger man in the heavyweight division.
“At the minute, I’m just seen as a tough kid, no real skills, out of shape. We’ll see what happens on March 3, and me and Eddie will sit down and talk, and we’ve got a very exciting future together I hope.”
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