Popular heavyweight Dave Allen will now fight the unbeaten Christopher Lovejoy on the Oleksandr Usyk vs Dereck Chisora undercard at The SSE Arena, Wembley, on October 31.

Allen was due to return against Christian Hammer before the German withdrew after testing positive for Covid-19. Instead, he meets the undefeated Lovejoy whose 100% KO record from his 19 professional bouts see him ranked in the top 15 with the WBA.

“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.”

“I finally made it here to the UK!” said Lovejoy. “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!”

“This is fascinating,” added 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!”