25th February 2012
test of is career tonight when he takes on Russian Denis
Shafikov for the European light-welterweight title at Aberdeen’s
Exhibition Centre in Scotland.
The Aberdeen Assassin, who has 34 wins, two defeats and no draws on his
record, will need all the home support he can get against southpaw
Shafikov, who is unbeaten in 28 fights, with one draw on his record.
McAllister knows that the undefeated Shafikov will be a tough opponent but also feels that he may be taking him lightly after agreeing to come and face the Scotsman in Aberdeen and not in Russia and Finland, where he is based.
But McAllister says he does not fear the 26-year-old southpaw – who beat veteran Italian Giuseppe Lauri in his previous contest.
And he has vowed to end Saturday night with the European belt in his grasp.
“Hopefully he is underestimating me,” McAllister said. “That way he’ll probably underestimate my punch power and my speed and my strength, and he’ll get a shock when my right hand’s in his jaw and he’ll drop.
“He’s undefeated, he’s got the title and I’m only interested in that belt. Every time I go to bed dreaming about it; it’s my title and it’s my time to shine.”
McAllister hopes to eventually fight at the home of his beloved Football club Aberdeen FC and has already earmarked a couple of potential opponents.
“If all goes to plan on the February 25, my dream one day is to be fighting at Pittodrie and get a big name like (Erik) Morales or (Amir) Khan – if he beats (Lamont) Peterson.
“Hopefully I can take them to Pittodrie and do a number on them.”