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New Allen opponent as Hammer ruled out

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Last Updated: 20/10/20 5:28pm

Dave Allen returns to action on Oleksandr Usyk-Derek Chisora bill Dave Allen returns to action on Oleksandr Usyk-Derek Chisora bill

Dave Allen returns to action on Oleksandr Usyk-Derek Chisora bill

David Allen will receive a new opponent on the Oleksandr Usyk-Derek Chisora bill after Christian Hammer tested positive for Covid-19.

The Doncaster heavyweight will still return on the undercard for Usyk-Chisora on October 31, live on Sky Sports Box Office, as Allen attempts to stake his claim for another big-name bout.

But ‘White Rhino’ must wait for confirmation of his next foe after the withdrawal of Hammer, who had previously defeated David Price on a trip to Britain.

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Oleksandr Usyk and Derek Chisora meet on October 31, and it will not be a night for the faint-hearted!

Oleksandr Usyk and Derek Chisora meet on October 31, and it will not be a night for the faint-hearted!

Matchroom released a brief statement on social media which read: “Christian Hammer has tested positive for COVID-19 and is out the fight vs Dave Allen on the #UsykChisora undercard.

“A new opponent for The White Rhino will be confirmed shortly.”

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Allen stopped Lucas Browne with a brutal body shot at The O2 last April

Allen stopped Lucas Browne with a brutal body shot at The O2 last April

Allen has been sharpening his skills in recent sparring sessions with Usyk, who has moved up to the top division after becoming undisputed cruiserweight champion.

“Sparring Usyk has taken me to another level,” said Allen. “He’s one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet.”

Watch Oleksandr Usyk vs Derek Chisora on October 31, live on Sky Sports Box Office.