Brook vs Spence Jr: Heavyweight David Allen hopes to claim British and Commonwealth titles this year
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 17/05/17 6:08pm
David Allen says he will hold the British and Commonwealth titles by September and plans to start the next phase of 'Operation White Rhino' by defeating Lenroy Thomas.
The 25-year-old heavyweight will battle Thomas for the Commonwealth belt on the Kell Brook-Errol Spence Jr bill at Bramall Lane on May 27, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
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Gary Cornish was denied a British title shot this weekend when Sam Sexton pulled out of their scheduled fight and Allen believes he would make short work of the Scotsman if he takes that fight next.
"I'm going to smash in Gary the pasty," said Allen. "I think he will be next. I would fight him straight after Kell Brook and Errol Spence Jr. Go home, have a minute, and then come back out and beat Cornish on the same bill.
"I sparred Gary Cornish a few years ago and I was really out of shape. I hit him a few times and he was gone, he was out on his feet.
Gary Cornish wouldn't last one round with me and that's one million per cent a fact
"But we had a good spar, the spar was competitive. I was 20 odd stone and he's a lovely fellow.
"Gary Cornish wouldn't last one round with me and that's one million per cent a fact. I'll be the British and Commonwealth champion by September."
Allen has undergone a lengthy training camp in Leeds, but admits he will never possess the same imposing physique as British world champion Anthony Joshua.
"I'm really fit, I've eaten decently, but I'm just a chubby fellow. This is the fittest I've been since I've been a professional fighter.
"Lenroy Thomas looks the part and it will look good when I chin him on May 27."
Promoter Eddie Hearn has branded his plans for the 25-year-old as 'Operation White Rhino' and Allen is eager to end the year with a fight against Australian Lucas 'Big Daddy' Browne.
"Win the British and Commonwealth and I'll roll the dice again," he said. "I'm not interested in safe defences.
"We are on to Lucas Browne maybe. That's a fight I'm talking about, but I'm not looking past Lenroy Thomas."
Watch Dave Allen on the Brook vs Spence Jr undercard, from Bramall Lane, Sheffield, May 27, live on Sky Sports Box Office. You can book the event online here.