Allen finds the Fury after joining up with Tyson and Co

Dave Allen in action against Moses Matovu
Dave Allen in action against Moses Matovu
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Heavyweight Dave Allen says he is a new man in more ways than one after joining up with the notorious Fury clan.

Not only has the Doncaster fighter dropped plenty of weight and toned up, he has picked up a few skills as well, particularly in the kitchen.

Allen moved in with a crop of fellow young fighters in Bolton to train under Peter Fury, uncle of world title chasing Tyson and father of unbeaten hot prospect Hughie.

“I’ve done a lot of growing up over the last few months,” Allen said. “And I’ve had to.

“I’ve been having to cook and clean for myself for the first time really.

“I’ve been doing plenty of sparring with Tyson and Hughie, who I’ve known for a long time.

“You can’t really beat an experience like the one I’m having now.

“It’s brought me on so much in my fitness and it’s making me a better boxer.

“After drawing my last fight, my manager Dennis Hobson thought it was time for a change.

“I’ve known the Furys for years and it seemed the ideal place to be.”

On Saturday night, the newly trim Conisbrough fighter will make a considerable step up in class in Newcastle when he meets Larry Olubamiwo.

The 35-year-old was highly rated due to his phenomenal punching power until a ban for using 13 illegal substances derailed his career.

Olubamiwo may have lost every fight since his return but Allen is not underestimating his foe.

Allen said: “He’s got a tremendous amount of power and if you slip up he can put you away very easily.

“It’s going to be tough. He’s been in there with the likes of John McDermott and Sam Sexton.

“But I think my fitness will be the difference. He’ll be looking to finish the fight inside the first two rounds but I’m confident I’ve got the stamina to go the distance.

“I’ve dropped two stones since I started training under Peter and the difference is massive.

“I think I’ve got the power to match him and I can get the knockout. The longer the fight goes, the more it plays into my hands.

“It’s a step up but I’m ready for it.”

Allen’s bout at Newcastle’s Metro Arena is part of the undercard of Stuart Hall’s IBF bantamweight title defence against Paul Butler.

Doncaster’s English bantamweight champion Jason Cunningham is also part of the bill.