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Dillian Whyte out to ‘punish and hurt’ David Allen

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British contender Dillian Whyte (17-1, 14 KOs) has sent a chilling message to countryman David Allen (9-0-1, 6 KOs) ahead of their eagerly anticipated heavyweight clash at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, England, on Saturday.

“I’m going to punish and hurt you bad.”

Whyte, who tested reigning IBF belt holder Anthony Joshua in a non-title bout, before being stopped in seven rounds, last December, clashed with Allen on social media and insists that the unbeaten 24-year-old will regret calling him out.

“He has always been shouting for the fight and now he has got it,” said Whyte. “I am more experienced than him, I am a better boxer than him and I am a better fighter than him. If I box him I am going to beat him, if I brawl with him I am going to beat him, if we go toe-to-toe, I am going to knock him out.

“His whole thing is to try and plough forward and keep in the pocket and think I will get tired and gas. They are thinking I will come out, go mad and shoot my load and in his words he has ‘a spectacular chin’ and this amazing pace he is going to set which he has never done before. They reckon if he gets past the first few rounds he will beat me because he thinks I can’t go the distance. If that is their game plan going into the fight, I feel sorry for him.

Whyte continued, “I am not even thinking about knocking this guy out – this is the first time in my career I have gone into a fight thinking I don’t need to knock this guy out in the first round. If I knock him out in round one, two, six, seven or eight, it doesn’t matter – I just want to punish and hurt him bad. I want him to sit in his corner across the ring and look at me and think, ‘I have bitten off more than I can chew here’.”

Also on the card, Leeds favorite Josh Warrington faces former world title challenger Patrick Hyland, Luke Campbell returns against former world titleholder Argenis Mendez, Tyrone Nurse defends his British junior welterweight title against Tommy Coyle, Josh Wale gets a shot at the Commonwealth junior featherweight title against champion Gamal Yafai and Belfast man Ryan Burnett will also see action at bantamweight.

Information courtesy of a press release issued by Matchroom Boxing

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Tom Gray is a UK Correspondent/ Editor for and a member of THE RING ratings panel.  Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing