Popular British heavyweight Dave Allen has picked Tyson Fury to dispatch Deontay Wilder spectacularly on Saturday night.
Predicting further, Allen also backed former foe, Dillian Whyte, to overcome Derek Chisora in an interview with WBN.
The ‘White Rhino’ sparred former WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world heavyweight king Fury a year ago, and suffered a 10th round stoppage against Whyte.
Allen’s reverse to Whyte took place on the undercard of Luke Campbell’s July 2016 clash with Argenis Mendez.
Those experiences mean the 26-year-old speaks with some authority on the pair.
Leeds-born Allen sparred a 26-stone Fury 12 months ago, The ‘Gypsy King’ has since cut weight during a successful comeback.
Fury is set to face American-born Wilder for the WBC world heavyweight crown this weekend in Los Angeles.
“I think Tyson wins. I think he knocks him out pretty early,” Allen exclusively told World Boxing News.
“Fury is on a different level. He’s a special fighter. He’s extremely confident.
“The only thing that worries me is the time away, but I still expect him to beat Wilder.
“People are only seeing a Wilder stoppage or Tyson points win, but Tyson punches hard enough to knock out a 15-stone man.
“He’s not necessarily a hard puncher but he’s buzzed before with speed, punches you don’t see coming are dangerous.”
Whyte, nicknamed the ‘Body Snatcher’, defeated ‘Del Boy’ Chisora five months after Allen in a brutal British heavyweight classic.
This gruelling battle prompted Eddie Hearn to arrange a December 22nd rematch at London’s O2 Arena.
“Whyte, at 30-years-old, is the younger man,” Allen Explained. “He’s had more improvement since the first fight with Chisora.
“I’ve got Dillian to win on points quite comfortably, well, not comfortably but clearly.
“When Dillian steps up his game there’s not many in the world that can deal with him. I expect him to win. He’ll be too fresh and too good.”
As Allen’s profile and marketability grows, boxing fans and aficionados alike have tipped a rematch with Whyte as viable going forward.
After losing to Olympic gold medallist Tony Yoka last June, Allen has turned his fortunes around.
Winning three fights in four months, including a stunning shock knockout victory against the previously undefeated Nick Webb, has put Allen right in the domestic mix.
James Copley is a Staff Writer for World Boxing News. Follow James on Twitter @JamesCopley73