By: Alex Beard (@alex_beard17)
Dillian Whyte has been struggling to find an opponent of late, leading to calls for a fight from the legendary Antonio Tarver, however the Brixton heavyweight has finally secured a foe for his next bout in the unbeaten Dave Allen.
Whyte continues his recovery following his epic defeat to Anthony Joshua in December, this time featuring on the undercard of Josh Warrington’s dust-up with Patrick Hyland in Leeds on July 30.
Allen (9-0-1-KO6) has been campaigning for a fight with Whyte (17-1-KO14) for some time, and despite initially appearing to turn down the fight due to a lack of preparation, he is now preparing to make a significant step up in competition.
Allen tweeted: “3 weeks notice? Chin down bombs away last man standing. Always said if someone gave me a date and a reason to fight them I won’t shy away from anyone. Dillian Whyte see you July 30th be ready.”
Whyte made his return to action last month, stopping Ivica Bacurin. Allen last fought in March, when he fought off a spirited Jason Gavern.
Meanwhile, it was announced today that Charlie Edwards will take on IBF flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin vs Kell Brook on September 10.
The unbeaten Edwards has only had seven professional fights, ending three inside the distance, but despite his inexperience he is confident of relieving Casimero (22-3-KO14) of his belt.
“Many people may think this is too early but believe me when I say this, that the IBF world title is coming home with me.
“I didn’t turn pro to knock over journeymen. I’m in this game to take over the lighter weight divisions. The team at MGM know I am more than ready for this and I would like to thank them, Eddie and Barry Hearn for giving me this chance – I won’t let anybody down.”
Casimero won the IBF light-flyweight title in 2012 with a split-decision win over Pedro Guevara, and proceeded to add the flyweight version in May this year when he stopped Amnat Ruenroeng in the fifth round.by