Rising heavyweight David ‘White Rhino’ Allen 16-4-2 (13) insists he isn’t fazed by the power of big-punching Aussie Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne 28-1 (24) ahead of their clash at the O2 Arena in London on April 20.
The bumper card broadcast live on Sky Sports will also feature Dereck Chisora, Josh Kelly, Joe Cordina and Conor Benn in separate bouts.
“The last thing I worry about when I box is the power,” Allen told Sky Sports. “That’s not because I can take a good shot, even though I can.
“People say ‘you haven’t got a good defence’, I’ve got a great defence, I see every shot coming. Even the ones I take clean in the face, I know they’re coming. You’re not going to knock me out.
“Lucas Browne, if he’s planning on beating me with power, he might as well stay in Australia, because there’s zero chance of me getting knocked out.”
The two big men have enjoyed some light-hearted banter on social media in recent months and Allen says he expects that to continue when the pair come face-to-face at the pre-fight press conference.
“I think it will be a nice press conference, amicable,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of respect for him, he’s a former heavyweight champion of the world, had a version of the world title, and I like the fella.
“We speak regularly. We speak on social media, keep in touch, he’s a nice bloke. You know what I’m like, I will be cracking a few jokes.
“Hopefully we can make it fun for everyone, but there’s a lot of mutual respect there.”
Both Allen and Browne have fluctuated wildly with their weight for previous fights but the 26-year-old Yorkshireman believes he knows exactly where he needs to be with his weight come fight night.
“I think in the past I’ve weighed in too light, and obviously there’s been times when I’ve weighed in too heavy, but I think I’m doing everything right,” said Allen.
“I know this is a big chance and I beat Lucas Browne then I’m right in the mix. I feel like everything is on track for the best David Allen, which sounds cliché, but I’m feeling good.”