Dave Allen to fight little-known 19-0 (19 KOs) heavyweight who has bizarre record despite winning every fight by knockout

Dave Allen will now fight Christopher Lovejoy on the undercard of Oleksandr Usyk vs Derek Chisora next Saturday.

The ‘White Rhino’ was originally due to face Christian Hammer, but Hammer has tested positive for coronavirus and so been forced to withdraw.

Allen has a record of 18-5-2, but remains one of British boxing’s most popular fighters

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Allen has a record of 18-5-2, but remains one of British boxing’s most popular fighters

His new opponent is a confusing one. Lovejoy is 36 years old and boasts a record of 19-0, 19 KOs.

However, the American has never fought outside of Tijuana, Mexico before and only ever beaten one man with a winning record.

All of his opponents so far have been journemen.

“I’m looking forward to this fight with Chris,” said Allen.

“He’s positioned 15th with the WBA and I’d love to take that world ranking.

“He’s a big, strong man and just look at his record – he’s done what’s been asked of him in those 19 fights.

“There’s not much footage of him, so I don’t know really know what I’m preparing for which adds to the intrigue but I’m going in there to do a number on him.”

Lovejoy added: “I finally made it here to the UK.

“I’m here to shock the world and show what Chris Lovejoy is really about. Dave will end up number 20 on my record.

“I’ve travelled a long way so I just hope he shows up.”

Allen is hoping to be the first man to beat Lovejoy

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Allen is hoping to be the first man to beat Lovejoy
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“This is fascinating,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.

“Here we have this giant in Christopher Lovejoy that has amassed 19 wins with 19 KOs against limited opposition and has somehow found himself in the world top 15.

“The truth is, he might be an absolute beast or he may get found out but for Dave Allen it’s a huge opportunity.

“There will be plenty of eyeballs on this fight and if Dave can get the win he will force himself into the world rankings and land a major fight in 2021.

“I have absolutely no idea what’s going to happen but I’m excited to find out.”

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