Popular heavyweight Dave Allen (18-5-2, 15 KOs) will make his return to action against fringe contender Christian Hammer (25-6, 15 KOs) on the Usyk-Chisora undercard on October 31.

The 28-year-old Conisbrough heavyweight scored a third round stoppage over a faded Dorian Darch back in February, following a topsy-turvy 2019 that saw him pick up a knockout victory over Lucas Browne in March before a punishing TKO defeat to David Price in July.

“I’m really happy to fight Christian Hammer,” said Allen. “He’s highly ranked and is a tough, strong man. A win here puts me back to fringe world level. He’s got a win over David Price so that would half put my defeat to bed.”

‘The White Rhino’ has been sparring bill-topping Ukrainian star Oleksandr Usyk in Kiev for the past two weeks, and believes the experience will stand in him good stead as he prepares for his first fight under new trainer Jamie Moore.

“Sparring Usyk has taken me to another level,” said Allen. “He’s one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet. I’ve picked up so much from him and it’s given me the confidence that I will need to get through 10 rounds with Hammer.”

Hammer added: “I am very much looking forward to this fight, I love to box in the UK. I fondly remember the victory over David Price. That is exactly where I will continue against Allen. Once I beat Allen, the big fights will come my way. I appreciate this opportunity and I will not be defeated.”