Dillian Whyte will need to produce a performance that his former opponent Dave Allen cannot comprehend if he is to defeat Tyson Fury next year.
The WBC heavyweight champion has been ordered to defend his title against the ‘Body Snatcher’ next, and will be the favourite to emerge victorious.
Allen told the talkSPORT Boxing Insider: “Tyson, for me, is the best heavyweight on the planet right now.
“I think he’ll go down as one of the best of all time, so for Dillian it’s a difficult task.
“Dillian can punch, he’s good body puncher of course, has a good jab.
“I just think that everything Dillian is good at, Tyson negates it.
“Dillian’s got a great jab, but he’s facing a man who’s 6ft 9ins, defensively sound, got a good reach, got a good jab himself. Good luck getting inside Tyson’s reach.
“How often do we see Tyson getting hurt? And when he does, he always seems to get back up.
“He’s been hit by the hardest punching heavyweight of the last 20/30 years. It didn’t stop him winning.
“I just think Tyson’s got an answer for everything Dillian will come at him with.
“But it’s an interesting fight nonetheless. Dillian’s still one of the top ten, possibly top five heavyweights in the world, so it’s one of the best fights you can get.
“I just think Tyson is so far ahead of the pack, I don’t see him having much trouble in this fight.”
Allen continued: “I don’t think there’s a man on the planet that can win seven out of the 12 rounds against Tyson Fury.
“So looking at that you have to say Dillian Whyte’s only chance of winning is by knockout.
“But Tyson against Wilder [in their second fight] was a wrecking machine, so I don’t think anybody wants to be walking onto that.
“It’s so difficult – I’m trying to give you an explanation as to how he can win or why he would win, but in all honesty there’s not much I can tell you really.
“I don’t really see a way that he wins.”
Elsewhere in the heavyweight division, Anthony Joshua has activated his contractual clause for a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk.
Allen said: “I think the most important thing is belief, his self-belief.
“Usyk won convincingly. He outboxed him, he out-fought him, at times he beat him in a firefight, he even out-powered him. He did everything. It was pretty one-sided to be honest…
“I know they’re both Olympic gold medallists, but in terms of boxing ability there’s light years between them.
“They approached it all wrong. I seen him walking to the ring, asking for advice on the way to the ring.
“Anthony, you’re 6ft 6ins, 18 stone, you’re heavyweight champion of the world – believe in yourself.
“Get a game plan, train and believe in that game plan, stick to it, go in the ring and impose your physical strength and size on Usyk.
“But I don’t think we’ll see that. I think Usyk’s got an answer for everything.”
Regarding how he predicts the rematch will play out, Allen said: “I expect Anthony Joshua to make it a completely different match-up this time.
“I think he will try and rush Usyk, he will try and impose his physical strength and size.
“But that is not the way to beat Oleksandr, Oleksandr’s too clever.
“His power was causing problems for Anthony in the first fight and I believe if Anthony is to march onto one, he will get took out pretty devastatingly.
“I think I know how to beat Oleksandr Usyk, but is there a man alive that can do what is necessary to beat him? I’m not sure.
“I don’t think Anthony Joshua has the attributes to do what is necessary.
“I think this time Anthony will take more risks, I think he will come in with a game plan that is aggressive.
“I think he will try and take control of the centre of the ring, push him back and use his power.
“But I think that may leave him open for Usyk’s speed and superior boxing ability.”
Should both Fury and Usyk emerge victorious as the ‘White Rhino’ predicts, then an undisputed fight between them could be enormous.
Allen concluded: “I believe the only man that is capable of beating Oleksandr Usyk is Tyson Fury.
“And the only man capable of beating Tyson Fury is Oleksandr Usyk.
“So, for me, it’d be the best heavyweight fight probably since Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier.
“I think it’s that big, I think the fight would be that big.
“Oleksandr Usyk vs Tyson Fury for all the belts would be one of the biggest fights in the history of boxing.”