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Haye Picked Withdrawing Oquendo To Win Prizefighter

By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star

Earlier this week, WBA heavyweight champion David Haye had backed his sparring partner Fres Oquendo to win the International Prizefighter in London, which is being held on Saturday May 7. The Hayemaker had been sparring with Oquendo at a training camp in Miami as he prepares for his July 2 showdown with Wladimir Klitschko.

Oquendo, 38, recently withdrew from the tournament due to personal reasons. He entered the tournament after Haye recommended him to promoter Eddie Hearn.

Haye said: “I’ve got no doubt he has the ability to win it. In terms of talent and skills, Fres is still one of the best heavyweights out there. It’s all just a case of him keeping his mind right and putting it all together on the night. When you’ve shared a ring with David Tua, Evander Holyfield, James Toney, John Ruiz and Chris Byrd, what have you got to be scared of? He’s also technically very accomplished and that keeps me on my toes at all times.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Bestintheworld on 05-01-2011

Haye picks himself to win. Ha! Maybe Oquendo is teaching him how to quit. If he is training with Oquendo what is he supposed to learn? Haye is Gay

Comment by Freedom. on 05-01-2011

Perez would have beaten old Oquendo.

Comment by Ravens Fan on 05-01-2011

Wow, I read Haye and withdrawing in the same title and I almost fell off my chair. So, Haye hasn't yet bailed out of the a$$ whoopin he is going to receive. Good!!

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