British heavyweight David Allen’s willingness to step up to the plate has landed him another high-profile outing in Manchester on December 10.
The outspoken Doncaster man, who is ever-present on social media, has never shied away from facing some of the top domestic operators – as he proved against Dillian Whyte, although Allen now faces a further step-up.
Allen, 24, went the ten-round distance with Whyte as an underdog back in July but will go into the Ortiz fight even more unfancied, even with the Cuban struggling last time out against Malik Scott.
Despite this, Allen remains optimistic of what he can achieve on the Anthony Joshua v Eric Molina undercard.
“I showed I have a good defence against Dillian Whyte, so I will be prepared for anything,” said Allen.
“I said to myself I would only fight the end of the year if it was against David Price, but this fight is even bigger so I couldn’t say no.
“I’m going to put it all on the line against him. I’m stick it on him early, smack him bang on the chin and see how it goes.
“I’m going to make Ortiz look like an old man in there. When he hits me, I’m going to stand there and smile at him.
“This is the fight that will catapult my career on the world scene. My sparring tells me that I have the ability to become world class, now this my time to go out there and show the world what I can do,” he added.